Jose Mourinho has insisted that winning the title in your first season as manager of a new club is “unrealistic.”
The 53-year-old has won the league in debut campaigns with Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan throughout his career and has been tipped by many to continue his record of immediate success at Old Trafford.
Bolstered by the news of Paul Pogba’s imminent arrival, the Mourinho era begun in positive fashion with a 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Community Shield.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho stated that having this “unrealistic” objective is beneficial for the current Manchester United squad.
“By creating these you push the team to unexpected levels,” he said.
“To win the Champions League with Porto or Inter is unexpected and a very risky objective.
“To win championships in the first season is a little bit of the same but I like that. People analyse it as arrogant and so on, that’s not a problem for me. The reality is I always feel [for] players, managers, clubs [that] this kind of difficult targets can only help us.”
An immediate fixation on challenging for the title is a perfect example of Mourinho’s serial winning attitude. There is no talk of ‘transition’ or some arbitrary ‘process’ with the 53-year-old, but rather a cold-blooded, obsessive devotion to powerful, dynamic football and instant success.
Winning the title in your first season at a new club is, in theory, an unrealistic aim. Indeed, it has only happened three times in the Premier League era (Mourinho in 2005, Carlo Ancelotti in 2009, and most recently Manuel Pellegrini in 2014). But for this current side, enriched by a blend of youth and experience amongst a number of sides in transition, winning the Premier League this season is far from an “unrealistic” objective for United.