Jose Mourinho hoping to continue second season success record with Manchester United
Posted: 12 August 2017 Time: 13:21
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is hoping to continue his trend of guiding clubs to championship success in his second season at the helm.
Mourinho steered FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea again, to league titles in his second full season.
The Portuguese tactician led the Red Devils to their maiden UEFA Europa League crown in his first campaign, and will get his second underway with a Premier League test against West Ham United on Sunday.
The 54-year-old is optimistic that his trend of success will continue this season, but denies it has anything to do with fortune or fate.
"It is not because I have always done it [won the league title in his second season] that I am going to do it again," Mourinho said.
"There is no guarantee, but naturally a manager in his second season knows the club and the players better.
"We have had a better pre-season than last year and we have the confidence levels of a team that has won a European competition and returned to the Champions League.
"I have better conditions to deliver a better season than my first one."
However, Mourinho added that one key factor to their title charge at Old Trafford will be sharing the scoring load amongst numerous players, as was the case at his previous clubs. He hopes the onus will not be left solely on the shoulders of new striker Romelu Lukaku.
"What I had in other clubs was more players scoring goals. What we had was midfielders and wingers scoring, and even central defenders scoring goals from set pieces," Mourinho said.
"We always had more goals with wingers and midfielders getting 10 goals, central defenders getting five goals, and last season that did not happen much.
"We were focused on the striker getting goals and when it didn't happen we were in trouble."
Last season Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the only player to reach double figures in league goals with 17, while Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney were the next best with just six goals each.