Video - Mourinho makes humble confession to Man United fans
Jose Mourinho admits his stuttering team have been a let down to Manchester United fans so far this season, but he insisted they would find a winning formula if he is given time.
United are nine points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea just 12 games into the season, with their title hopes seemingly dispersing rapidly after a run of deflating results.
Yet the United manager remains convinced he will plot a route to success at Old Trafford, as he reminded the assembled media that Alex Ferguson had a slow start to his time at Old Trafford.
“Results not good enough, especially if you compare results with the way the team is playing,” he began.
“The last three matches at home we can say we lost six points. Stoke, Burnley and Arsenal, that’s the reality.
“Man United fans? What can I say? I am amazed with the way they are with the team.
"We have let them down with results, but we never let them down with our effort and desire.
“The team is happy with the way they’re playing, they are happy with direction.
“With our style of play we are keeping people believing that the good results will come.
“The job is as difficult as I was expecting, when I said I wanted to win the Premier League this year, I said it was risky.
“I still can’t believe how we didn’t win our last three home games because we played so well, yet we didn’t win.
“The best manager in Premier League history needed a few years to build a successful period, if the best needed time then others do too.”
Mourinho went on to reaffirm his desire to remain at United beyond his initial three-year contract, but he admitted he needed to earn that extension with success on the field.
“Let’s go step by step. I am in the beginning of my contract and also in the beginning of the process,” he added.
“If you ask me if I want to stay longer than three years? Then I say yes I would love it, but also I have to earn and deserve that. If the club feels I deserve to stay then I will be very, very proud.
“The three year contract I was given is a fair period of time. My three years isn’t just about transfer windows, it is about building relationships with the players.
“I am not waiting for my third season for good results, I am doing my best to get results in my first season.”