New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits his first priority is to return the club to the Champions League, but he insists his ambitions lie beyond just finishing in the top four in the Premier League.
The special one succeeded Louis van Gaal as boss at Old Trafford following the culmination of the 2015-16 campaign.
The Red Devils won the FA Cup during the Dutchman’s final season at the helm, but a fifth-place finish in the Premier League meant they failed to secure qualification for Europe’s premier club competition.
Mourinho is keen to ensure that United’s Champions League absence only lasts one year, but he insists he will not just settle for a top-four finish, as he is also targeting a trophy-laden spell at the club.
He said: “It would be quite pragmatic to say: ‘Let’s work and let’s try to be back to the Champions League, be back to the top four.’ I am not good on that and I didn’t want to be good on that.”
“I am more aggressive. We want to win. I want everything. I want to win matches, I want to play well, I don’t want to concede goals. I want the fans to be behind us.”
United finished 15 points behind champions Leicester last season, but Mourinho has already moved to strengthen his squad ahead of the new campaign, with Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic arriving at the club.
More new signings are expected at Old Trafford over the coming weeks and the Manchester giants are available at 5.00 to secure Premier League glory during the 2016-17 campaign, while they are on offer at 1.50 to finish in the top four.