Jose Mourinho insists his time with Manchester United and Tottenham would be “considered a great success for others”.

The Portuguese manager signed a three-year deal with Roma shortly after being relieved of his duties at Spurs and was unveiled to the press on Thursday.

Mourinho was heavily criticised during his time in north London and through much of his Manchester United tenure.

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But the 58-year-old has consistently refuted claims that either spell was a “disaster”.

He was denied the opportunity to lead Tottenham into the Carabao Cup final having been sacked in the preceding week and won both that trophy and the Europa League in his time at Old Trafford, as well as finishing second in the Premier League to Manchester City.

And Mourinho was keen to pick out those points as evidence that his recent managerial roles have been far from the calamity they was perceived to be by the majority.

“I won three trophies at Manchester United and that was seen as a disaster,” he said.

“I reached a cup final which I was not allowed to play at Tottenham, and that was seen as a disaster.

“What’s a disaster for me is considered as a great success for others.

“In my last three clubs I won the title at Chelsea, three cups at United, a Final at Tottenham, we arrived sixth, reaching the Europa League.

“What’s considered a disaster for me it’s something that others have never achieved, it’s my fault.”

Mourinho is known for having spiky relationships with his players at times and isn’t afraid to call them out publicly when he deems it necessary.

But the players that get on with him tend to really get on with him and he insists he will defend his players and his club.

“Many things can happen and I will give everything to defend my players, but I won’t be the one looking for troubles, I don’t have time for that,” he added.

“I have more experience now, so I am more solid emotionally, but I will always defend my club.”


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