Manchester United “are not prepared to be a widespread force” and fans should forget about a lapse to a days of Sir Alex Ferguson, manager Jose Mourinho has told BBC Sport.
United won 13 Premier League titles underneath Ferguson, though Mourinho says it is now unfit to be so dominant.
Asked if he could lapse a bar to a former greatness, a Portuguese said: “Forget it.
“Don’t try to go 10, 20 years ago given it is not probable any more.”
In a wide-ranging talk with Gary Lineker for the Premier League Show, Mourinho also said:
- United do not need to validate for a Champions League to attract tip players.
- He would not have sole forwards Angel di Maria, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck had he been United manager.
- It has not been easy for midfielder Paul Pogba to adjust behind to English football.
‘We are not prepared to be Manchester United’
Mourinho, 54, sealed a three-year agreement final May to reinstate Louis outpost Gaal, who was sacked notwithstanding winning a FA Cup.
The Red Devils have finished seventh, fourth and fifth in a 3 full seasons given Ferguson’s retirement, and have been in sixth place given 6 November.
Mourinho does not trust a lapse to winning a Premier League each year is close, though does not wish a deteriorate to peter out after winning a EFL Cup final month.
“We are not prepared to be Manchester United,” he said.
“We are not prepared to be a widespread force. We are not prepared to try and win everything.
“Because of a inlet of a club, and of myself, we are prepared to quarrel for each game, each point. But there is a space between a ubiquitous aspiration of such a hulk bar and what we are in reality.”
Mourinho pronounced United – who kick Premier League champions Leicester City in a Community Shield in Aug – had won “one and a half” trophies this season.
“Many other teams in England are going to finish a deteriorate though a trophy,” he said. “But we have to quarrel for a tip four, we have to quarrel for a Champions League. The crater is not adequate to contend that a deteriorate is over.”
‘I found a unhappy club’
Since Mourinho took charge, United have spent an estimated £150m on midfielders Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and defender Eric Bailly, and brought in striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for free.
But a Portuguese pronounced a club’s prior send exchange caused him concern.
He named 3 forwards – PSG’s Angel di Maria, Bayer Leverkusen’s Javier Hernandez and Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck – as players he would not have sold.
“I found a unhappy club,” he said. “Manchester United sole players that we would never sell, bought players that we would never buy.”
Mourinho would not name a players he would not have signed, though in Jan he authorised midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and brazen Memphis Depay to leave for Everton and Lyon respectively.
He has mostly solidified out former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger and has handed only 7 fasten starts to left-back Luke Shaw, who cost £27m from Southampton in 2014.
Mourinho pronounced he was not disturbed about attracting players if United destroy to validate for a Champions League, indicating to final summer as explanation a bar can still pointer a best players.
“Manchester United is really powerful, it doesn’t need to be in a Champions League to attract a best players,” he said.
“Zlatan could still be in Paris. Mkhitaryan could be during Borussia Dortmund. Pogba could be during Juventus. We were means to attract a players given they know that Manchester United earlier or after will get there.
“If any actor decides not to come given of that, afterwards we am happy that they are not coming.”
‘Pogba doesn’t defect me during all’
Pogba, 24, has scored 7 goals given fasten United for a world-record £89m final summer, though has been criticised for a viewed miss of impact in matches.
Mourinho says a France general will improve.
“It isn’t easy for Pogba,” he said.
“The nation is so opposite to Italian football. It is tough for him. I’m not unhappy during all. The many critical thing is his personality. He is veteran and he will urge for sure.”
Mourinho also praised a grant of 35-year-old Ibrahimovic, who has scored 26 goals this season.
“Zlatan is not a warn for me,” he said. “I know a personality, we know a body, we know a aspiration that brought him here.
“Could he do it in a best fasten in a world? He has finished it everywhere else. He’s doing amazingly well.”