Jose Mourinho has launched a defence of Manchester United’s Champions League exit, claiming they don’t have “football heritage”.
United were knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by Sevilla after Mourinho f***ed it at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese raised many an eyebrow after the game by citing United’s previous poor record in the competition.
And he used his press conference on Friday to reiterate those claims, launching into a 12-minute response to one question, notes and all.
“I say to the fans that the fans are the fans, and the fans have the right to have their opinions and to have their reactions,” Mourinho said.
“But there is something that I used to call football heritage – I try to translate from my Portuguese, which is almost perfect to my English that is far from perfect.
“But translation, word by word is something like football heritage and what a manager inherits is something like is that the last time Manchester United won the Champions League, which didn’t happen a lot of times, was in 2008. The final was 2011.”
Then Mourinho, using pre-prepared notes, went through each of United’s European seasons since that final against Barcelona in detail.
“Since reaching the final in 2011, in 2012 out in group phase,” he said. “The group was almost the same group this season.
“In 2013, out at Old Trafford in the last 16. I was on the other bench.
“In 2014, out in the quarterfinal. In 2015, no European football. In 2016, comes back in the Champions League and out in the group phase. Into the Europa League, second knockout, out of the Europa League.
“In 2017, play Europa League and win the Europa League with me and go back into the Champions League.
“In 2018, win the group with 15 points and lose at home in the last 16.
“So in seven years with four different managers, once not qualified for Europe, twice out in the group phase and the best was a quarter-final,” he said. “This is football heritage.
“And if you want to go to the Premier League, the last victory was 12-13 and in the four consecutive seasons, United finished fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh – or seventh, fourth, five and six.
“So, in the last four years the best was fourth. This is football heritage.
“It means that when you start the process, you are here (using hands to represent levels), you are there or you are there. It is heritage. It’s heritage.
“In the last seven years the worst position of Man City in the Premier League was fourth. In the last seven years Man City was champions twice and if you want to say three times, they were second twice. That’s heritage.
“Do you know what is also heritage? It’s Otamendi, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling, Aguero. They are investments from the past, not from the last two years.
“Do you know how many United players left the club last season? See where they play, how they play, if they play.”
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