Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has a lot left to do
Mourinho ended his first campaign as United boss with a hat-trick of trophies by adding the Europa League to the League Cup and Community Shield.
The win over Ajax in Stockholm was his fourth European trophy and 25th in his managerial career but at Old Trafford he feels dwarfed by the achievements of Busby and Ferguson who both managed the club for over a quarter of a century.
“Sometimes when I stop and look back I did a lot of things,” he said. “I have things that nobody else has. No manager won in Spain, Italy and England. In these three countries I won all the competitions, not just the league. So there are things that I’m really proud of.
“But not at this club. In this club it makes me feel that I did nothing especially because you have two legends [Busby and Ferguson] in terms of titles and trophies.
“I feel that I am nobody. I feel I always have to prove. I just feel that what I did in this club is not enough to be deserve to be here.”
Mourinho is satisfied however with the rewards from what he admits as been his hardest season of his managerial career.
Jose Mourinho celebrates in style after Manchester United's Europa League win Wed, May 24, 2017
Jose Mourinho was very happy after Manchester United won the Europa League!
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In this club it makes me feel that I did nothing especially because you have two legends [Busby and Ferguson] in terms of titles and trophies
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho
But he has already started planning for next season by handing United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward a £200million list of transfer targets understood to include the names of Antoine Griezmann, Romelu Lukaku, Eric Dier and Michael Keane.
And senior sources have confirmed that Manchester United are planning to buy three or four players this summer to strengthen them for their return to the Champions League and a bid to recapture the Premier League title.
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Meanwhile, Ander Herrera launched a charm offensive to help lure Griezmann by claiming the France international has the ability to take over from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best player.
United are ready to press the £86m release clause in Griezmann’s Atletico Madrid contract and the France international said this week he rated chances of a summer switch to Old Trafford as “six out of 10.”
That rating is likely to go up following United’s qualification for the Champions League.
And Herrera, voted man of the match in the 2-0 triumph over Ajax, just a week after being named United’s Player of the Year, gave striker Griezmann his own personal endorsement.
The midfielder said: “Griezmann is a brilliant player, a phenomenon.He is a star and all the teams in the world would want him. However, Griezmann is still an Atletico Madrid player and I respect Atletico and their fans.
“I’ve said it in the past, after [Real Madrid’s] Cristiano Ronaldo and [Barcelona’s Lionel] Messi, he is in that group of those that can become their possible successors.”