Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho remains defiant despite his travails, insisting on Friday he is one of the world’s best managers.
This comes days after the Portuguese tactician ended a press conference following his side’s 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham on Monday by demanding ‘respect’ from the media.
“I am the manager of one of the greatest clubs in the world but I am also one of the greatest managers in the world,” said Mourinho.
Asked whether he could still claim to be one of the greatest managers in the world should he fail to win a league title with United, Mou kept at his recent self-justification, and even quoted 18th century German philosopher Georg Hegel.
“Of course,” said Mourinho. “Hegel says the truth is in the whole, the truth is always in the whole.
“Do you ask that question to the manager that finished third in the Premier League or fourth? To the manager who finished fifth?”
When it was pointed out that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had faced a similar line of questioning last season, Mourinho cited the German’s record of never having won a European trophy.
“Because he never won anything in international (competition), for example. That’s his problem, I tell you what I think, how I feel. And I answer the question.”
When Mourinho was pressed further, and quizzed as to whether his best days were behind him, the United manager reiterated his stance that finishing second behind a record-breaking Manchester City last season was one of his greatest achievements.
“I won eight (league) titles, I am the only manager in the world that won in Italy, Spain and England and by winning eight titles – not small titles or countries – my second position last season is one of my greatest achievements in football. I think.”
Irrespective of what he thinks, United had better return to winning ways, and soon, if he wants to keep the job.