One of the things that frustrated Michael Owen the most about Manchester United’s previous manager Louis van Gaal is his lack of ambition as the Dutch coach was satisfied with just qualifying for a European competition and settling with either the 4th or 5th spot of the Premier League with no real desire to aim for something higher.
However, in the opening press conference of Jose Mourinho as the newly appointed manager of Manchester United, the Portuguese coach has clearly stated that he does not want to do the same as Louis van Gaal, he is not satisfied with the 4th spot and wants to push for something bigger and better.
“Manchester United for many years success was just routine and in this moment the last three years are to forget. I want the players to forget. I don’t want the players to think we have to do better and finish fourth. Finishing fourth is not the aim.” Jose Mourinho said as he talked about what he is planning to accomplish as the new manager of Manchester United.
Michael Owen voiced his thoughts about Jose Mourinho’s press conference as the English pundit wrote on his twitter account: "Interesting words from Mourinho. Fourth place isn't the aim. I can't believe van Gaal convinced so many people that fourth would constitute success."
Owen indeed has a valid point as to what he said in relation about Louis van Gaal considering 4th spot as something successful. It should not be considered as triumphant; especially taking a look back at how much was spent during the charge of the Dutch manager which was around a quarter of a billion pounds and the only significant title that was secured was the FA Cup.