Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is challenging his squad to win the Premier League title, saying he believes in setting “unrealistic targets”.
Mourinho said that he wants to create expectations at the club, despite falling short of being involved in the title race in recent years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, even if seems a bit overly ambitious.
“I like to create that expectation and I like the players to feel it,” Mourinho said.
“Sometimes, during my career, I created some unrealistic targets. By doing that, you push the team to unexpected levels – to win the Champions League with Porto and Inter is unexpected.
“Those were very risky objectives and targets.
“To win championships in the first season is a bit of the same, but I like that. People analyse it as arrogance and so on but that’s not a problem for me.
“The reality is that I always feel that targets like this can only help players, managers, clubs and this kind of establishment.”
The Portuguese manager has a slew of titles on his resume. He defied the odds at both Porto and Inter Milan to win the Champions League. He won the league title in his first season at Chelsea back in 2004/05.
And although United have finished seventh, fourth and fifth the past three seasons, the fans expectations will be high on Mourinho as the club have invested heavily on the transfer market. With the additions of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan the team looks to get back to the top. With reports circulating that the club is closing in on Paul Pogba, anything less than battling for the title would be seen as a disappointment should the French international join the Red Devils.