Jose Mourinho claims to have inherited Manchester United on the back of “no evolution”, with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal overseeing “an empty period”.

The Portuguese took the reins at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 and was charged with the task of bringing the glory days back to the Red Devils.

Mourinho was able to deliver three trophies during his first year at the helm, and is now attempting to piece together a Premier League title bid, but he says his task has been made all the more difficult by the failings of his predecessors as they struggled to handle the
weight of expectation.

He told the Sunday Times: “There was an evolution in the other clubs; there was no evolution in this club. In all the areas that make a team successful I think we stopped in time.

“That was quite an empty period in the club with no evolution in areas that are important.

“It was the weight of the past on the shoulders of the players, managers, even boards, even probably owners, because when you are used to win and win and win, and suddenly you stop, it’s like a heavy burden.”

“Today, we have better working conditions, a better medical department, a better analysis department, a better scouting department, a better media department, and in many cases we did it without changing the people, which is quite important.”

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