Jose Mourinho hopes to stay at Manchester United beyond the end of his current three-year contract, but knows results must improve for that to happen.
United face Feyenoord in the Europa League at Old Trafford on Thursday in a game they cannot afford to lose if they are to qualify for the knockout stages.
A defeat would heap further pressure on Mourinho, who has seen his team win just twice in the Premier League since August, with four draws and three defeats.
“I would love to stay a long time, I think I am at the right club, but, of course, I would have to deserve it,” he said.
“We are right at the start of a process now, some of our results have not been good enough, so it is better to proceed step by step. I was given a three-year contract and that is a fair amount of time to get to where we want to be. I am not saying I expect results to show in my third year, I would prefer them right away, though I always knew aiming for the title in the first season was a risky statement to make.
“Even the greatest manager in the history of the Premier League needed a few years at this club to reach a successful period. We also need that time but equally I understand that this is a big club, with a big history, and people want big results.”
It is debatable whether qualification to the knockout stages of the Europa League counts as such but, with United in third place in their group for the visit of Feyenoord on Thursday, Mourinho believes his side are as good as playing knockout football already.
“The situation is perfectly simple, we don’t need calculators or favours from anyone else,” he said. “We need four points from our final two games. That’s a victory and a draw, there is no space for a defeat. So we will approach the Feyenoord game as if it is a knockout match, because that is practically what it is. We cannot afford to lose.”