“I Turned Down Spain And Italy For Manchester United” – Mourinho

A Serie A return was just one of the offers on the table for Jose Mourinho before he agreed to take over at Manchester United during the summer.

The Portuguese tactician had been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea last December and was linked with numerous coaching posts around the world for much of 2016.

However, he ended all of that speculation at the end of last season with the announcement that he was to replace Louis van Gaal in the Old Trafford hot seat, having been closely linked with the Roma job in particular following Rudi Garcia’s sacking last season.

“I had the opportunity to go to Italy or Spain as I had in the past but the Premier League is special,” Mourinho told Sport. “In some countries, the big clubs always want to be the best and leave the others behind, getting smaller.

“In England, the opposite occurs. Here, they want all of the clubs in the league to be competitive.”

Mourinho, who led Inter to an incredible treble victory in 2010, also insisted that he isn’t setting any major targets for his debut season with United.

“Sometimes, I’m a little stupid in setting goals,” he added. “The dumbest thing of all is perhaps wanting to win every game and every competition because it is impossible.What we are going to do is start by playing to win each time we are on the field and in the end, we will see where that takes us.”

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