Jose Mourinho not ready to quit management after Manchester United sack
Last Updated: 17/01/19 6:31pm
Jose Mourinho says he still "belongs to top football" after being sacked by Manchester United and that he is "too young" to retire.
United have gone on to win six straight matches under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since Mourinho left in December.
Mourinho, though, has no intentions of letting United be his final job.
"I want to coach," he said on BeIN SPORTS. "I am too young, I am in football for a long, long time but I will be 56 in a couple of weeks and am really too young.
"Where I am going to stay is where I belong, I belong to top football. I belong to top-level football and (that) is where I am going to be."
Mourinho only signed a new two-year contract at United earlier in 2018, having guided the club to a second-place finish in the 2016-17 season.
But his troubles began when he publicly criticised the United board for not backing him in the summer transfer market.
He had wanted at least one new centre-back but he did not get one, with the club signing £50m midfielder Fred, Porto youngster Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant as a backup goalkeeper.
Fractures in Mourinho's relationship with Paul Pogba began to emerge in September and the France World Cup winner was stripped of the vice-captaincy before Sky Sports News filmed them having an animated disagreement on the training ground.
Mourinho added: "I consider one of the best jobs of my career [was] to finish second with Manchester United in the Premier League, you say 'this guy is crazy, he's won 25 titles and he's saying that the second position was one of his best achievements in football'.
"I [will] keep saying this because people don't know what is going on behind the scenes and sometimes on this side of the cameras we analyse things with a different perspective.
"And also the reason why I accept to be here and I will accept in the next period, where I suppose [I will] not be working immediately, is also to know the new football better and to know the new football better is also to understand what is behind the cameras."
Mourinho also defended himself against suggestions of negative football, pointing to his track record of success.
"One thing is image, another thing is communication, another thing is good structure behind, another thing is to win and get results," the former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss said.
"It is very easy to play well and not win, it is very easy to be behind a certain idea of a certain football without results.
"The people that win and the people that win consistently - because you can win isolated and then disappear - has obviously a different idea about that.
"If you speak about (Pep) Guardiola, (Carlo) Ancelotti, about one where obviously I belong, that have a career of victories for a long, long period, where are the young ones with a real impact in terms of results? Where are they?"