Mourinho: I Must Win Titles At United, If I Want To Be ‘The Special One’

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Former Chelsea manager, José Mourinho believes he will not be seen as special if he doesn’t deliver trophies for United.

The Portuguese manager dubbed himself ‘The Special One’ when he took over at Chelsea in 2004.

And he has admitted that winning trophies with United is the only way the Red Devils faithfuls will regard him as special.

“Connections start before titles are won but it is success that brings empathy between the supporters and managers and makes that connection become really strong,” Mourinho told reporters.

“I have a three-year contract here [at United] and if I am here for three years the people will know that I have given everything to the club and that I am a professional and dedicated coach who gives himself 24 hours a day to United.

“But if, at the end of the three years, I don’t win a single piece of silverware for them, they will say ‘great guy, good coach, we like him, but we feel nothing special about him’.

“Chelsea have won four Premier League titles in their history. Three of them were with me and the other one was won by the team I left behind.

“I took them to Wembley, I took them to Cardiff, I took them to cup finals. So there is a connection based on empathy – but built on success.”

Mourinho went on to thank Chelsea supporters for the way they treated him through good and bad during his time in west London but insisted he is now “100 per cent United”.

“In the end at Chelsea, when the last two or three months of my time at the club were a period of bad results, the fans kept that empathy and remembered our relationship,” he said.

“That is something I don’t forget and that is something I will always be grateful to them for because, with me, they have always behaved in a fantastic way.

“I have loved every club that I have worked for. I have this professional heart that makes me connect 101 per cent with my club.

“When I was growing up in Portugal, I was not a born a Porto supporter – but I still gave my life to Porto. I also gave my life to Madrid, I gave my life to Inter and I gave my life to Chelsea.

“Now I give my life to United. That is my professional nature. So I am 100 per cent United now.”



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