Jose Mourinho says Manchester United fans booing will not hurt him
"I am exactly on the same page as the owners, we agree on everything, we are exactly on the same page, so life is good," said Mourinho.
By Zinny Boswell
Last Updated: 16/03/18 6:13pm
Jose Mourinho has pleaded with Manchester United fans for their patience in an extraordinary 12-minute speech - picking apart the club's heritage and defending his legacy.
The United faithful were left angered by their side's display during Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Sevilla which dumped them out of the last 16 of the Champions League.
However, Mourinho was quick to remind supporters of the state in which he found the club, referencing Manchester City's previous spending, while insisting he will leave a far more desirable project for his successor at Old Trafford.
"I am not going to run away or disappear or to cry because I heard a few boos, I'm not going to disappear from the tunnel, running immediately, the next match I will be the first to go out. I am not afraid of my responsibilities," said Mourinho.
"In the last seven years the worst position of Manchester City in the Premier League was fourth, in the last seven years Manchester City was champions twice and if you want to say three times, they were second twice.
"That's heritage. Do you know what is also heritage? Is that Nicolas Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, they are investments from the past, not from the last two years, do you know how many of United players that left the club last season? See where they play, how they play, if they play.
"One day when I leave, the next United manager will find here Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, of course David De Gea from many years ago, they will find players with a different mentality, quality, background, with a different status, know-how. "
"That's football heritage. One day when I leave, the next United manager will find here Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, of course David De Gea from many years ago, they will find players with a different mentality, quality, background, with a different status, know-how.
He added: "For some reason you go to the Champions League quarter-final like today and there are four clubs that are always there, always there. Barcelona is always there in the past seven, eight years, Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and then of course appear now and again, another club like my Inter, like some other clubs like Monaco last season, but the ones that are always there is for some reason.
"The good thing for me and the amazing feeling for me is that I am exactly on the same page as the owners, as Mr [Ed] Woodward, Mr [Richard] Arnold, we are on exactly the same page, we agree on everything, on the investments, that we have what we have, the investments that we are going to do will be season after season, we are exactly on the same page, so life is good.
"I have an amazing job to do. Yesterday I met a new person we have working in the club in a different area that came from another club and I ask why did you decide to come. The person told me I did a fantastic job in another club and at this club I have a huge job and I come for the challenge.
"When I was 20, I was nobody in football, I was somebody's son, with a lot of pride, and now with 55, I am what I am, I did what I did because of work and because of talent and my mentality."
"Well done, my decision was based on the same thing, I could be in another country with the league in the pocket, I am here and I am going to be here and no way am I going to change my mentality. I don't know if you know the expression but there is a code that I like, 'Every wall is a door'.
"When I was 20, I was nobody in football, I was somebody's son, with a lot of pride, and now with 55 I am what I am I did what I did because of work and because of talent and my mentality. So they can be together, I understand that for many many, many years was really, really hard for the people who doesn't like me, here he is again, here he wins again. For 10 months I win nothing, the last title that I won was 10 months ago.
"I beat Liverpool, Chelsea, I lose against Sevilla and now is their moment to be happy. I learn that in my religious formation, be happy with others happiness, so be it, I am a really happy guy."
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