Mourinho targeting the title

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is confident he can lead the club to the Premier League title despite the side's poor showing last term.

The Red Devils failed to qualify for this season's Champions League after finishing in a disappointing fifth, leading to the removal of Louis van Gaal as the club's manager with Mourinho being brought in as his replacement.

While fans of the club would more than likely be content with a return to the top four, the Portuguese mentor reveals he has much higher ambitions for his new side.

"I want to be champion," said Mourinho. "A big evolution in the team, without being champion as somebody else was very strong, would not be a disappointment.

"But to say before the season starts that the top four is the target? The top four is not the target. We want to play to be champions."

While United have not won the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, the club has made some major acquisitions during the off season, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan leading many to believe they could well be contenders this season.

However, Mourinho says he is not under any extra pressure to win it this term, revealing he has been given three seasons to return United to their former glory.

"There was no ultimatum," he said. "The message from the owners and Mr Woodward was: get your three years, do your work, improve the team and bring us back where we belong during a three-year period," he explained.

"My message was that I wanted to win the title in the first season."