Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he will be “one of the greatest managers in the world” even if he does not win the Premier League at the club.
United have lost two of their first three league games, their worst start to a season since 1992-93.
Defending his record, the 55-year-old quoted a German philosopher and said he was “the only manager to win in Italy, Spain and England”.
He also said second place last season was “one of his greatest achievements”.
“I am the manager of the one of the greatest clubs in the world but I’m also one of the greatest managers in the world,” said Mourinho.
Asked if he would still be a great manager if he did not win the title with United – who have won the English top flight 20 times, including 13 Premier Leagues – the Portuguese replied: “Of course.
“Did you never spend time reading the philosopher Hegel? He said: ‘The truth is in the whole. It’s always in the whole that you find the truth.’
“Do you ask the same question to the manager that finished third in Premier League last season or the manager that finished fourth or fifth?”
Mourinho’s latest comments come after a news conference during which he demanded “respect” from journalists following Monday’s 3-0 home loss to Tottenham – the heaviest home defeat of his career.
He pointed out that the three Premier League titles he had won previously with Chelsea were more than the rest of the division’s managers combined.
Before his team’s trip to Burnley on Sunday “I had great success last season and that’s probably what you don’t want to admit.
“Two seasons ago we had a fantastic season because we won the Europa League. We won it because it was our level. We are the last team in England to win a European competition.
“I have won eight titles. I’m the only manager to win in Italy, Spain and England.
“Not small titles, proper titles, and my second place last season was one of my greatest achievements in football.”