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Manchester United To Be Among The Best In Two Years - Jose Mourinho

Manchester United To Be Among The Best In Two Years - Jose Mourinho

Manchester United Boss Jose Mourinho says that the difference between United are four years behind the big teams since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement and the weight of expectation on the Club is the reason behind their stunted growth in European football.

Mourinho estimates that Manchester United will attain that position at the top and insisted that winning the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at Old Trafford is a good start.

"Manchester United are one of the top three football clubs in the world, no doubt about it," he said in an interview conducted by UEFA. "But the football club is one thing and the team's credentials going into a competition are another thing entirely.

"We have a giant on our chest, which is really heavy, but we don't compare our potential to the biggest clubs in Europe right now. We'll take it step by step and be humble.

"Last year we won trophies. We'll improve the team and try to be at that level, to constantly be improving. And I think we're going to reach that level as a football team in the next couple of years."

Manchester United, last season were able to qualify for the Champions League, a competition they have failed to qualify in two years but Jose Mourinho told UEFA that Manchester United don't need to compete in the UEFA Champions League to be a big team.

He added: "Because Manchester United is a real giant, it doesn't matter if the club is somewhat far away from that level for three, four, five or 10 years.

"It doesn't matter, the club will always be a giant. But our job is to try to bring the football club back to that stature.

"That's really difficult these days. Before, the giants were the powerful ones economically, and now there are small clubs in terms of prestige and history, who are giants economically. That changes absolutely everything.

"I want the team to be on a par with the club's history, which is something I've been lucky enough to feel at every club -- there was the same kind of feeling at Inter [Milan] and at Real Madrid. We are going to do that, step by step."

The United Boss also said that the weight of expectations on Paul Pogba is unfair, as people feel he should be a star in every game and was expecting a transfer to beat his, so as to relieve him of the expectations. 

He said: "I feel the way people analyse [Pogba] is really unfair.

"My wish was for someone to make a signing this season that breaks the record fee that Pogba cost, because the way people analyse him, it's like, because he was so expensive, he should be the man of the match every game.

"I'm totally convinced that this season will be even better for him, and that playing in the Champions League against the best teams and players will take some pressure off him, because in the Europa League, he was obviously one of the two or three biggest stars."
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