Jose Mourinho has expressed a desire to spend “many years” in charge of Manchester United, but acknowledges that he will require “real success” in order to earn a prolonged stay.
The Portuguese penned a three-year contract upon inheriting the Red Devils reins in the summer of 2016 and hehas every intention of honouring that agreement, withtalk of the Old Trafford board considering an extension.
Mourinho has guided United to Community Shield and EFL Cup success in his first season at the helm, while the club have also reached the last 16 of the Europa League and put themselves in contention for a top four finish in the Premier League.
Positive steps are being taken under the watchful eye of a proven winner, and Mourinho hopes this is just the beginning of what will be another trophy-laden dynasty at the Theatre of Dreams.
He told Portuguese TV station SIC: “[A minimum of] Three years, I think I will be here, I think the club understood the necessity to give stability to all levels.
“I believe if we do that, even without a massive success, which is harder in football, even more so in England, but with some type of success, I see myself staying here if they want me to stay.
“I’m not a type of person to be at a club 10, 15 years, without real success. I need to have true success, my life is like that, I need that pride and happiness.
“In all honesty, I would like things to go well and be here many years.”
Mourinho admits that there is still much work to be done if he is to make United a dominant force at home and abroad once more, with the club still rebuilding in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013.
He added: “I think the club got so used to winning and having success, maybe they didn’t realise other clubs were growing, even when Sir Alex was in his last years at the club.
“The Premier League were creating conditions for the other clubs to become financially powerful and that has definitely transformed the league.
“United had a bit of everything happening at the same time.
“The exit of Sir Alex, unique and more than just a manager, the change of powers in the Premier League and a period of instability at Old Trafford; three managers in three years if you count Ryan Giggs. It was a period of some instability, disbelief and even distance with the fans.”