Jose Mourinho admits he will relinquish his status as the ‘Special One’ if he fails to turn Manchester United into champions within three years.
The Portuguese won three Premier League titles over the course of two spells as Chelsea manager and returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since he left west London in acrimonious circumstances last December.
Mourinho signed a three-year deal to succeed Louis van Gaal in the summer and has made an encouraging start to his Old Trafford tenure, but believes significant silverware is required if his reputation is to remain in tact.
‘Connections start before titles are won but it is success that brings empathy between the supporters and managers and makes that connection become really strong,’ Mourinho said.
‘I have a three-year contract here [at United] and if I am here for three years the people will know that I have given everything to the club and that I am a professional and dedicated coach who gives himself 24 hours a day to United.
‘But if, at the end of the three years, I don’t win a single piece of silverware for them, they will say ‘great guy, good coach, we like him, but we feel nothing special about him.’