Jose Mourinho has admitted he always envisioned himself as a Manchester United manager, lauding the club’s incredible history.
The 53-year-old arrived at Old Trafford last month, and has already made some shrewd moves in the transfer market, signing Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
In his first press conference as Man United boss, Mourinho noted he always had a strong affection for the club’s history and sheer stature.
“History, nobody can delete, I always say that,” he said.
“And history is amazing. It is not one generation of success, but consecutive generations of success.
“Even as a kid, I was imagining that I could be a top-club manager and I always had this historical connection of Old Trafford being the Theatre of Dreams.”
Mourinho regularly hallmarks the Champions League tie at Old Trafford in 2004, where his Porto side knocked the United out with a late goal, as the defining moment of his career.
He announced himself to the world that night, and went on to conquer Europe soon after. Jose also often mentions how respectful the supporters were, and how congratulatory Sir Alex Ferguson was afterwards. Ever since that evening, this has been Mourinho’s big dream – to be the one in the home dugout at Old Trafford. Now he has it.
I can’t wait to see him in action next season, his new signings have underlined his intent to return United back to their former glory days and it looks like everything is now in place for him to succed at Old Trafford.