Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho said on Friday that he remains “one of the greatest managers in the world” despite his team’s poor start to the Premier League season.
Mourinho demanded respect from the media after Monday’s 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, United’s second defeat in their opening three games of the campaign, and he continued the theme ahead of Sunday’s trip to Burnley.
“I have won eight titles. I’m the only manager to win in Italy, Spain and England,” he told reporters.
Mourinho won the Serie A title with Inter Milan in 2009 and 2010, the Spanish title with Real Madrid in 2012 and three Premier League titles with Chelsea. He also won the Portuguese league twice with Porto.
“I am the manager of one of the greatest clubs in the world, but I am also one of the greatest managers in the world,” he said, defending his record at United where he won the Europa League in his first term in charge and then sealed the Premier League runners-up spot last season.
“I had last season great success. I had great success last season, that’s what you probably don’t want to admit. I analyze my performance myself, and for me, it’s more important what I think than what you think,” he added.
Asked if he would still consider himself to be one of the greats if he failed to win a title with 20-times champions United, Mourinho said: “Did you read any philosophers? … Hegel says, the truth is in the whole. It’s always in the whole that you find the truth.”
He then turned the tables on the media. “Do you ask that question to the manager that finished third in the Premier League last season? To the manager that finished fourth? To the manager that finished fifth?” he asked.
Mourinho also explained his decision to stand in front of the fans at the end of Monday’s defeat and applaud them.