Jose Mourinho has reflected on his first six months as manager of Manchester United and revealed why he agreed to join the club in the first place.

The 53-year-old Portuguese tactician claims he is a democratic coach who is driven by the desire to work for the people and his admiration for Red Devils supporters attracted him to the Old Trafford hot seat in the summer of 2015.

“Well, the thing that made me immediately feel deeply about the club and the people, and the desire to work for the people, is the people,” the former Chelsea boss told MUTV in an exclusive interview recorded during the Christmas period.

“The [people are the] typical Manchester United supporters, the ones that have unbelievable memories of the past, but know the realities of the moment. The ones who keep the expectations for the future but understand the road to arrive there and are always supporting the team, even in the bad moments we have had.

“That, for me, is the most significant thing because it’s the thing that makes you fall in love with a new club. I think that’s the thing that touched me more.”

Mourinho’s side are unbeaten in 13 matches across all competitions and they host Championship club Reading in the Emirates FA Cup third round on Saturday.

“I like my players very, very much,” he added.

“Not just the players, but the combinations between the players as people. They are very good guys and I love to work with them.

“I love my group so I’m really happy. And at the top of that is the challenge of bringing Manchester United Football Club to the space that it belongs. So I’m really happy.”

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