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first_imgPremier League Manchester Utd boss Mourinho dismisses hype around second-season record Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 17:04 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jose mourinho - cropped Getty Images Premier League Manchester United Manchester United v Everton José Mourinho The Portuguese does not understand the hype surrounding his second season triumphs Jose Mourinho has dismissed the notion that his impressive second-season record gives Manchester United an advantage in the 2017-18 title race.The 54-year-old has never failed to win the domestic title in his second season in charge of a club throughout his career, having enjoyed such triumphs at Porto, Inter, Real Madrid and twice with Chelsea.Man Utd and Everton 8/1 to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing United have started the campaign in strong form, winning three out of their four Premier League games, and sit top of the table ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Everton at Old Trafford.But Mourinho is not sure his record gives his side an edge this term, telling Sky Sports: “I don’t know why people speak of the second season because I won in the first season and I won in the third season. I don’t really understand it.”I just think that the second season is a good season for evolution in relation to the first season because in the first season you arrive and sometimes, like in my case, I was not even able to organise a pre-season because it had already been organised. I couldn’t have one single finger of influence on it.Jose Mourinho Manchester United 2017“When I arrived in the first season there was already investments made in buying players, changing the squad, selling players, that you probably would have done in a different way. For sure I would have kept some of the players that were sold, for sure I would not buy some of the players that were bought.”In the second season, you have your influence at that level. You have better conditions to work and get those results. But you are playing against other teams whose managers are in the third or second or fourth or fifth seasons. So second may not be a big advantage.””I think he has joined in the right moment of his career.”More on @RomeluLukaku9… #MUFC pic.twitter.com/InVdtuwT1B— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2017Mourinho believes his side are now beginning to reach the level he demands after heavy investment in the close season and a shift in style since his appointment as manager in May 2016.”At the team level, I am happy,” he said.”I think, after one year, we are a different team. Not just because we are playing in the Champions League, which is the competition for Manchester United, but because in the Premier League we managed a good start which put us initially in the top positions in the table.”The way we play, the way we think football, the way the fans think, the empathy between the fans and the team, the confidence levels of the players, the footballing level I am happy with what we’ve done so far.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more