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[6] Jose Mourinho on the difficulty of taking over at United in a new era of football

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  • [6] Jose Mourinho on the difficulty of taking over at United in a new era of football

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    “The problem is that I attract responsibility, challenges, expectations. That is my way of being. I never hide. I am a direct person, who says things as they are. I say what I think, and even sometimes what I don’t think to provoke a certain motivation from the people who I work alongside. I arrived at Manchester United at a difficult time. But it was the same for David Moyes and Louis van Gaal. The period that followed the departure of Sir Alex was difficult to handle for the club, and not only because of his departure. It was also a new era for English football. A time where the financial strength became so enormous that it became terrifying for everyone. Because this financial strength did not exist only among two clubs, like in Spain, not among one club like in Germany, not among one or two clubs like in France. In England, it is spread out. So yes, there are more powerful clubs than others and the expectations that come with that. But, here, everyone is powerful now. The scenery has changed. If I want to buy a player from Tottenham, I can’t. Nor can I buy a player from Manchester City or Arsenal. That was not the case before. At Chelsea, I brought in Shaun Wright-Phillips, who was the best player at Manchester City or Ashley Cole from Arsenal. Sir Alex, when he wanted the best player from Tottenham, he bought Michael Carrick and then Berbatov.”
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