Juan Mata after first ManUtd goal
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits that he was nervous before his EPL debut in charge of the Red Devils.
On Sunday Manchester defeated Bournemouth as Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored amazing goals.
However, despite 3:1 victory and great experience in England, Portugal, Italy and Spain, Mourinho says he felt the anxiety: “Before the match, a little bit, yeah. For somebody to have that feeling is normal.”
Mourinho said: “One day, I took Real Madrid to Old Trafford and I asked Sir Alex [Ferguson], are you still nervous? ‘Yes’. So I understood. Experience doesn’t change things. You always have a little feeling.”
Speaking on Manchester’s targets, the coach stressed: “I don’t think they need a statement. Everybody knows we’re going to fight for the title. Winning it or not is another story. But we’ll fight until it’s possible. If it’s mathematically not possible one day, we’ll think about top four. That would be a step up from last season, which is fine. But we want more than fine.”
He recalled: “I started bad with Inter, one draw at home, and we won the treble. With Porto, it was the same. But the reality is that winning the Community Shield has brought some happiness, then we’ve had a win away from home. We go into Friday [against Southampton] with a good feeling.”
The manager also praised Eric Bailly as the defender has demonstrated another accomplished display: “When you buy somebody like him [Bailly] you have a question mark, whether he can adapt to a completely different situation. Playing in Spain, for Villarreal is different to Man U”.
The Manchester coach continued: “But he’s showing big personality. He was injured against Leicester and said nothing, played 90 minutes, and trained the next day. But to be surrounded by organisation makes life easier. The team was very organised. We created a habitat of stability. But he’s showing great quality.”
Mourinho also hailed Ibrahimovic: “His table for breakfast, for meals, he’s surrounded by the kids. Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford – these are the guys with him. He knows what he can be for them. For the team, you have to forget the passport. The body, the mentality is not that of a 34-year-old guy. He’s at the top of his qualities.”