Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has admitted that it will take two years before the team can attain top heights in European football.
Europa League winners last season, United lost to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday, and Mourinho says they are presently lagging behind Europe’s top clubs.
In an interview with UEFA, Mourinho said, “Manchester United are one of the top three football clubs in the world, no doubt about it, 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.”
“Last year we won trophies. We’ll improve the team and try to be at that level, to constantly be improving. 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 2014-15 and 2016-17.