Mourinho: United must get back into Champions League

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says returning to the Champions League is a key target for next season.

The 53-year-old met the media on Tuesday morning for his first press conference at Old Trafford since succeeding Louis van Gaal in May.

Mourinho is charged with the responsibility of resurrecting the FA Cup holders’ title-winning fortunes following last season’s disappointing fifth-placed Premier League finish and their failure to secure Champions League qualification.

“The reality is I think it is a job everyone wants and not many have a chance to have and I have it,” he said.

“I know obviously the responsibility, expectation and at the same time I know the legacy and what is behind me and the history of this club and what the fans expect from me.

“This challenge obviously doesn’t make me nervous as my history in the last 10 years was always to live with big clubs’ expectations and I think it comes at the right time in my career.

“I have great motivation and I can say I am where I want to be, I want to be in this club, in the Premier League and I feel frustrated I am not playing in the Champions League.

“I don’t hide. I chase Sir Alex’s record in Champions League matches. Hopefully it is only one season we are not there.

“Manchester United is a Champions League club.”

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