Manchester, Nov 24 : Manchester United mager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he needs more time to build a team that can emulate the domince in English football that former mager Alex Ferguson achieved during his time at the club.
Mourinho took over from former mager Louis van Gaal last May and has seen mixed results with the former English Premier League (EPL) champions so far.
The team has generally struggled to create goals with veteran Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic the main threat in their forwardline. The defence not exactly covered themselves in glory either.
Of the 12 EPL goals that they have played so far this season, Manchester United have maged only 17 goals and have conceded 14. They currently lie at the sixth place in the EPL table with 19 points, nine behind current league leaders Chelsea.
Mourinho, however, pointed out that Ferguson took four years to win his first major trophy in English football and insisted that it may take time for his magerial skills to have an impact at the club.
Ferguson spent 26 years at Manchester United, during which he won 38 trophies, including 13 EPL titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League titles.
“The best mager in the history of the Premier League needed a few years to build such a successful period. If the best needed that time, means that the others also need that time,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by the Independent on Wednesday.
The former Chelsea and Inter Milan mager admitted that he is finding the going tough at Old Trafford, but insisted that he was prapared for the pressure of maging a big club.
“The job is as difficult as I was expecting. I was not expecting the job was easy. I said that I wanted to try to win the EPL but at the same time I thought that was a risky approach with my words,” Mourinho said. “My words were not defensive with the risk. I knew it was going to be very difficult.” IANS