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‘United 2 Years Behind Europe’s Best’ – Jose Mourinho

The Portuguese manager believes it will take two or more years to restore the Red Devils to their rightful place among the very best

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Jose Mourinho has admitted that Manchester United are way behind the elites of European football after their defeat to Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup Tuesday.

The Portuguese manager believes it will take two or more years to restore the Red Devils to their rightful place among the very best after four seasons of upheaval following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

“Manchester United are one of the top three football clubs in the world, no doubt about it,” he said in an interview conducted by UEFA. “But the football club is one thing and the team’s credentials going into a competition are another thing entirely.

“We have a giant on our chest, which is really heavy, but we don’t compare our potential to the biggest clubs in Europe right now. We’ll take it step by step and be humble.

“And I think we’re going to reach that level as a football team in the next couple of years.”

United will return to the Champions League this season after missing out in two of the last three years, but Mou senses a threat to the Old Trafford outfit from the emergence of new ‘economically powerful’ clubs, ESPN writes.

“Before, the giants were the powerful ones economically, and now there are small clubs in terms of prestige and history, who are giants economically. That changes absolutely everything.”

Despite splashing out this summer on the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof as he puts together a group of players capable of challenging in the Premier League and Champions League, Mourinho says he expects a major campaign from last season’s record signing, Paul Pogba.

“I feel the way people analyse [Pogba] is really unfair.

“I’m totally convinced that this season will be even better for him, and that playing in the Champions League against the best teams and players will take some pressure off him, because in the Europa League, he was obviously one of the two or three biggest stars.”

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