5 takeaways from Jose Mourinho's first press conference as Manchester United manager
The moment that every Manchester United fan has been waiting for, finally arrived as Jose Mourinho gave his first press conference as Manchester United manager. And there was no shortage of things that the Portuguese manager spoke about.
Aside from taking digs at Louis Van Gaal and Arsene Wenger, Mourinho admitted that he was frustrated that United wasn't in the UEFA Champions League, as that is where the club "has to be". The 53-year-old spoke about the aim for the season and about whether he has a point to prove as well.
Here are 5 takeaways from Jose Mourinho's first press conference as Manchester United manager""
Ryan Giggs' departure
If there was one major cloud hanging over Jose Mourinho, it was the departure of Ryan Giggs, who left after 29 years with the club. The question of whether he didn't get the offer he wanted or if the new manager didn't want him was one that made everyone curious and after his press conference, Mourinho has set the record straight.
“As for Ryan: it’s not my responsibility that Ryan is not in the club," he began. "The job Ryan wanted was the Manchester United manager. That’s not my fault – the owners and Mr Woodward wanted me. Ryan, for the moment, wants to be a manager."
After clearing the air about Giggs wanting to become the manager, he speaks about the difficulty that he himself faced when decided to make the call on management. He explained that it couldn't have been easy for the Welshman to do what he did.
" Ryan could have been what he wanted – any important job but he made a decision where you need to be brave. It’s not easy – I had a contract at Barcelona in 2000 to be assistant for two more years. It was not easy for me. And for Ryan it’s not just the step of going from assistant manager to manager. It is also the challenge of leaving his house – it was 29 years, not 29 days."
He finally finishes with the fact that the door is always open if Giggs wants to come back. "If I am hear and he wants to come back, I will never stop him. If one day the club wants him to be manager it will be the consequence of his achievements as a manager.”