Jose Mourinho is fired up.
As Manchester United prepare to head away on their preseason tour of China, the new man in charge at Old Trafford felt the need to issue a message to fans of the Red Devils.
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Following three successive seasons of decline since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, United’s fans are in desperate need of positive news.
With new signings and a fresh impetus, Mourinho, 53, believes he can be the man to bring the good times back but he has urged the fans that they must play their part too.
“I understand that they expect a lot from me but I also expect a lot from them,” Mourinho told the club’s website. “There is no chance we will be happy if we are not together and I think the passion [they have] for this club is really amazing. It’s a new chapter in the club’s life. Always when you change a manager, I feel it is a sad moment but it is a new chapter now. We have brought a few new faces in, we will keep some others but, in the end, it doesn’t matter who the manager is, it doesn’t who the new players are or who is staying or leaving, it’s Man United and Man United is much more than any one of us.
“The passion the fans have is for the club and I feel that I am a club man. When I arrived, I wore the [United] shirt immediately and this is the kind of club and the kind of shirt that I am very proud to represent. I am going to do my best to be happy and to make the people happy. I’m not humble when I talk about targets, I’m quite aggressive on that. I want everything and everything is to win matches, play well, score goals, don’t concede goals… everything. I want everything. I know that we are speaking about a hypothetical situation which is very difficult to reach but I want everything.”
United fans, how do you feel about this rallying cry from the former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss?
We all know Mourinho is a master of words and he’s always playing mind games but these comments sound genuine and seem to be somewhat of a warning shot to the rest of the Premier League.
The message is clear from Mourinho and United: underestimate us at your peril.