Manchester United’s coach Jose Mourinho in a new interview has claimed he had to “beg Real Madrid to let me go”, but does not expect to suffer a similar ending to his time at Manchester United.
Mourinho’s turbulent three-year spell at Santiago Bernabeu came to an end in May 2013 by mutual agreement with the Spanish giants despite the fact he still had three years remaining on his contract.
The Portuguese returned to Chelsea for a second spell a month later before moving to United for the start of the 2016-17 season.
Jose Mourinho won the EFL Cup and the Europa League in his first year at Old Trafford – the second of those trophies guaranteeing United a place in the Champions League – and the 54-year-old is confident his time in Lancashire will be more successful.
Asked what he considered the hardest part of rebuilding United following the underwhelming reign of Louis van Gaal, he told reporters: “The hardest part in my opinion was the period where there was an evolution in football overall, in terms of every other team, not just the typical powerful teams, but all the others. Their evolution in relation to the changes in football allowed them also to be economically strong.
“At the same time there was an evolution and Man United did not follow that evolution and my work is not just about arriving at a football team and developing the football team to attack, football targets and objectives, it was more than that.
“It was to go into the structure and to try to adapt the structure around the football team to a new dynamic. And that was the same at Real Madrid, a big club with big expectations but a difficult period with the evolution of other teams and the distance between Real Madrid and Barcelona growing bigger and bigger and bigger.