Jose Mourinho says that he knew managing Manchester United would not be “an easy job” when he was first appointed.
Mourinho was named Louis van Gaal’s successor as manager in May 2016, joining the club on a three-year deal.
His first season brought two trophies in the League Cup and Europa League, with a sixth-placed finish.
The Portuguese has won the league title in each of his second seasons at every club he has been at, but United are 11 points behind Manchester City after 17 games.
“We are second, this is where we are, not first and not third,” he said.
“We take one match at a time, let’s see where we are at the end of the season.
“I signed a three year contract because that was the time that myself and the board decided to be my contract at that time.
“I knew that it wouldn’t be an easy job, I had a similar experience before in huge historic clubs.
“In big clubs people look to the history of the club and not the current moment, that is difficult.
“When I go to Real Madrid, they were in a difficult moment, no titles for many years, it was hard but good for my development as a manager.”