Exactly four years ago on this day, Jose Mourinho delivered his iconic ‘football heritage’ rant as the Manchester United boss.
The timing could not be more spot-on as Jose’s words make so much more sense now, especially after crashing out of the Champions League to Atletico Madrid.
Discussing the state of United’s fortunes in Europe, the former boss solemnly said: “In 2012, out in the group phase. In 2013, out at Old Trafford in the last 16, I was on the other bench.
“In 2014, out in the quarter-final. In 2015, no European football. In 2016, back to European football, out in the group phase, goes to Europa League and on the second knockout out of the Europa League.
“In 2017, play Europa League, win Europa League with me and goes back to Champions League. In 2018, win the group phase with 15 points out of a possible 18 and loses at home in the last 16.”
Mourinho continued: “In seven years with four different managers, once not qualified for Europe, twice out in the group phase and the best was a quarter-final.
“This is football heritage. And if you want to go to the Premier League, the last victory was 2012/13.”
Well, it’s now 2022 and we’re no closer to winning a trophy now than we were when Jose was sacked. This is despite millions of pounds of investment in signing new players and two different managers.