Jose tar­gets 15-year stay at United

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MANCH­ESTER UNITED man­ager Jose Mour­inho wants to stay at Old Traf­ford for the next 15 years, but con­cedes that the pres­sures of man­ag­ing at the top level make a long ten­ure dif­fi­cult.

Mour­inho, who pre­vi­ously won league ti­tles in Por­tu­gal, Spain, Italy and Eng­land, has never been in charge for more than three sea­sons at his pre­vi­ous clubs.

“I am ready for this,” Mour­inho, about to start his sec­ond sea­son at Old Traf­ford, told ESPN. “I am ready for the next 15, I would say. Here? Yes, why not?

“I have to ad­mit that it is very dif­fi­cult be­cause of the pres­sure around our jobs, every­body putting pres­sure on man­agers... but in re­al­ity only one can win and ev­ery year it is get­ting more dif­fi­cult.

“In my vi­sion, my job is much more than what I do on the pitch and the re­sults that my team gets at the week­end.”

The Por­tuguese had pre­vi­ously ex­pressed his in­ten­tion to stay in charge at Stam­ford Bridge for more than 10 years dur­ing his sec­ond stint at Chelsea, but was sacked just months af­ter lead­ing the side to the league ti­tle in 2015. Mour­inho, said long-term sta­bil­ity could bring great ben­e­fits at the club as he hopes to em­u­late Sir Alex Fer­gu­son, who led United to 13 Premier League ti­tles and two Cham­pi­ons League tro­phies dur­ing his 26 years in charge. “This club, for so many years, was Sir Alex,” Mour­inho added. “Peo­ple got used to it; peo­ple un­der­stood the great con­se­quences of that sta­bil­ity. “Af­ter David (Moyes) and Mr (Louis) Van Gaal, I come to my sec­ond year and hope­fully I can stay and give that sta­bil­ity that the club wants.” Con­cern­ing his squad strength, United have added striker Romelu Lukaku from Ever­ton and Ben­fica de­fender Vic­tor Lin­de­lof in the close sea­son, but Mour­inho be­lieves there is still room to for more ac­qui­si­tions in this trans­fer win­dow. The Bri­tish me­dia con­tinue to link the club with moves for In­ter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, Chelsea mid­fielder Ne­manja Matic and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s Eric Dier with Mour­inho hop­ing that at least one of his tar­gets will join.

“We thought about four play­ers to strengthen our squad, but it is re­ally hard to do it,” he added. “If we do the third and for­get the fourth, I would be quite happy with that be­cause I know it is dif­fi­cult.”

United, who fin­ished sixth in the league last sea­son, host West Ham in their first game of the cam­paign on Au­gust 13.

Mean­while, new sign­ing Lukaku got off the mark with the win­ning goal in his first start for United on Mon­day as the Premier League club came from be­hind to beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 in a pre­sea­son friendly in Utah.

Lukaku lashed home a left­footed shot in the 38th minute af­ter tak­ing three touches to round a de­fender and the Salt Lake goal­keeper, pro­vid­ing the first re­turns on a trans­fer fee me­dia re­ports put at just un­der $100mil­lion.

“I’m de­lighted with the win for the team,” the Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional striker, who moved from Ever­ton last week, told MUTV.

“I’m here to score goals and to be sort of the fo­cal point for the team but at Manch­ester United we play to win, and that’s my men­tal­ity when I get on the pitch and ev­ery­thing else comes with it.”

Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan had scored United’s first goal of the match just be­fore the half-hour mark to can­cel out Luis Silva’s 20th minute opener for the home side. – Reuters UP CLOSE AND PER­SONAL: Reneilwe Let­sholonyane was at the launch of the SAB U21 Na­tional Cham­pi­onship yes­ter­day.

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