When asked to explain his slow start as Manchester United manager recently, Jose Mourinho came up with two excuses: a lack of time and world-class players.
And in a blatant attempt to remind criticis of his previous successes, the Portuguese literally listed what he achieved at the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid.
"I left Porto as European champions," he began. "I left Inter [Milan] as European champions, I left Chelsea with two titles in three years, and I left Real Madrid with three Champions League semi-finals and with a title.
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"Then I got this club in a hard situation but that is a great job."
Mourinho is a born winner and while managing a club of Manchester United's size isn't particularly new to him, it's a challenge like no other.
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He will ultimately be judged by the degree of success he yields at the Theatre of Dreams, adding pressure to win silverware in his first couple of seasons as boss.
Fail to do so and the infamous 'three-season syndrome' could strike once again, whereby the 53-year-old leaves the club before his fourth term.
Mourinho will be all too aware of his chequered history and, in a recent press conference, he discussed how he plans to stay at United beyond his three-year contract.
He said, per the Daily Mail: "Now I am in a club where I want to be and so happy to be.
"As a minimum I want to stay here to the end of my contract. After that who knows? I'm a football man. I'm very young still. Sometimes you think I'm 75 but I'm 53.
"Of course I'm excited. Of course I'm not happy with the results, that's obvious. What I'm happy with is the performances.
"Sometimes you win matches but you feel that period cannot last forever because the team not playing so well. Other times you don't have so good results but you feel that the way the team plays the good results have to arrive sooner or later."
Mourinho alludes to the fact his players have been unlucky in recent weeks, which they certainly were against Burnley during Saturday's 0-0 draw.
United did everything but score against the Clarets, who had Tom Heaton to thank for the sheer amount of saves he made against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co.
Rarely does a goalkeeper produce such a defiant display at Old Trafford.
Despite the stalemate, Mourinho was pleased with how his players responded to the recent 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
"After the bad result against Chelsea, the players reacted in an unbelievable way," he added.
"The number of shots we had in the last match (against Burnley), which I think is something absolutely incredible, is an example of what the team tried to have a different result."
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