Jose Mourinho is popularly known for trash talks and for attacking old friends and foes. Recently, the Portuguese said in an interview: “Manchester United was a situation where we won three trophies in the first season. I am very optimistic but I am very realistic. When we did that by winning the Europa League, and the domestic cup, I felt for the next step it would not be enough.”
“This season [in 2020/21], people were saying, ‘Great season, you finished second.’ I’d say, ‘We finished second. It’s a bad season.’
“I like Manchester United, the fans were amazing with me. And I think it is good for them that another season without trophies is seen as positive.”
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The former manager’s comments prove exactly why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer often says that ‘trophies hide facts’.
Of course, United won under Jose Mourinho, but that did not signify progress. Back in 2017-18, the Red Devils crashed out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 to Sevilla. The first leg of that encounter was a drab 0-0 draw while the second leg ended 2-1 in their favor.
On the other hand, it was a season where there was no real challenge for the United, making it relatively easy for them to secure the second spot. Plus not playing in the Champions League later stages helping to free up their schedule that season.