Jose Mourinho has revealed that taking Manchester United to second on the table last season, ranks among his greatest achievement.
The Portuguese led United to second on the table last season, but a poor run of form this season saw him relieved of his post in December.
But Mourinho has defended his reign, and told beIn sports: “I also think that sometimes we think what we see, but we don’t know what’s behind the scenes. And that influences what we see.
“I think that is a fundamental thing. If I tell you, for example, that I can see that one of the best jobs of my career was to finish second with Manchester United in the Premier League?
“You say ‘this guy is crazy. He won 25 titles and he’s saying that second position was one of his best achievements in football’.
“I keep saying this because people don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.
“And sometimes we, on this side of the cameras, we analyse things with a different perspective.”
Mourinho was often criticsed for his defensive style at United, but hit out at those who question his methods.
“It is very easy to play well and not win. It is very easy to be behind an idea of a certain football without results,” he continued.
“And the people that win consistently – because you can win isolated and then disappear – the people that win consistently have a different idea about that.
“If you speak about Guardiola, about [Carlo] Ancelotti – about the ones where obviously I belong – that have a career of victories for long, long periods. Where are the young ones with a real impact in terms of results? Where are they?”