Jose Mourinho is aiming to turn Manchester United into Champions League contenders by 2020.
Mourinho has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford for at least another two-and-a-half years.
And the 55-year-old is hopeful that, by then, he will have United challenging for “everything” including the Champions League — a competition they have not won since 2008.
Asked where he sees his team in 2020, Mourinho told BT Sport: “Better than now. Fighting for what we are fighting for now but with different ammunition. I see us being real contenders for everything, that’s the level we want to achieve.”
Mourinho has had to face accusations he is not happy in Manchester since taking over from Louis van Gaal in 2016. His decision to remain in the Lowry Hotel in the city centre has added to the theory, but the Portuguese coach insists the perception is wrong.
He added: “People don’t share with me the intimacy of the inside doors. I think I am a funny guy sometimes, maybe with some silly jokes or something like that.
“Press conference, I don’t like it. Football matches, I am focused on the match. Prematch, after match interview is still part of the pressure of the game so maybe people get it wrong.
“The paparazzi that sleeps in the door of the Lowry Hotel, he sees me in the morning when I am sleeping, he sees me later when I am going back and I am tired. He is there 24 hours a day but he cannot get a nice picture.”
Rob is ESPN FC’s Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.