Jose Mourinho admits he can’t speak of Manchester United “in the same joy and freedom” as his previous clubs.
After a disastrous start to last season, Mourinho was given his marching orders in December with United already 19 points behind then-Premier League leaders Liverpool in a distant sixth-place.
The Portuguese coach won 84 of his 144 matches in charge at Old Trafford and secured a treble in his debut campaign by winning the Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League.
As far as Mourinho’s concerned, though, things peaked when he led United to a second-place finish in the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.
However, the 56-year-old left United amid disputes with key men like Paul Pogba and his frustrations over the lack of support he received to pursue his summer transfer targets.
“It’s difficult for me to talk about Manchester,” Mourinho told RMC Sport.
“I can’t talk about them in the same joy and freedom as I talk about other clubs.”
Despite the obvious blow his reputation has suffered, Mourinho remains one of the most highly regarded coaches in European football.
The Portuguese has won league titles across four different countries with FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. Furthermore, he’s a two-time Champions League winner.
Therefore, Mourinho has been linked as a potential replacement for Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus for next season.
Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon and Inter have also been mentioned as possible destinations.
“I have a lot of qualities and one of them is to respect other clubs and their management,” Mourinho added. “I have never spoken like ‘this club wanted me, they contacted me’.
“When I left Manchester United in December, I immediately took the decision I want to work from summer. I hope to be back to work in July in a project I really like.”