'I am alive' - Mourinho reacts to Champions League exit

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GETTY Nemanja Matic wants Man Utd to back on track imminently

But that just hasn't been the case this season, and all of this attacking talent is being wasted by Mourinho's insistence on playing such a conservative, defensive style of play.

"When I was 20, I was nobody in football. Be happy with others happiness even if they are your enemies".

"They were ready to win".

The former Real Madrid boss vehemently defended his own record and insists that the job he is doing at United is a long-term project, which he says is still in its infancy.

"But if they are in a better situation than us, and they keep investing the same or more than us, it's hard". It's as simple as that.

Mourinho arrived at Friday's news conference with a neat piece of green paper underneath his diary.

On Tuesday, United were embarrassed at home in the Champions League Round of 16 by a team that is now barely holding onto a Europa League spot in La Liga. And he hinted that two of those - Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic - are the only players in his squad who have met his high standards this season.

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He said: "Life is good, I have an awesome job to do".

"One day when I leave, the next Man Utd manager will find here [Romelu] Lukaku, [Nemanja] Matic, of course [David] de Gea from many years ago".

'I never played with Messi and when I was Ronaldo's manager we didn't manage to win the Champions League.

"I told you that with these words because I can not tell you with different words while I am still in competition".

The match came three days after United beat Liverpool 2-1 to strengthen their grip on second place in the Premier League.

"In seven years with four different managers, once not qualifying for Europe, twice out in the group phase and the best was the quarter-final, this is football heritage (of United)", Mourinho said. "It's always hard for a team to be knocked out of a competition, but we showed the character to bounce back and not let anything faze us". We are knocked out to a team that is brilliant in their approach for many years, with their scouting system, the way they invest with every Euro. Where they play, how they play, if they play.

"But a few other guys, I saw them scared to play".

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He explained "football heritage" by saying United have only reached the Champions League quarter-finals once since losing the 2011 final. I'm happy that people were sad, that people were frustrated.

While a section of the Manchester United fans have been impressed by the way Mourinho came out fighting, many still believe he provided yet more excuses for his failure to properly challenge for the league title and compete in Europe.

United still have the FA Cup to contest this season, with their quarterfinal against Brighton on Saturday taking on extra significance following this week's Champions League exit. He has no right to make some of them saves.

"Do you think they didn't have any players who could play in my team?"

"And they have to survive and when they survive, they become stronger". An easy life, and the fans not upset, and no critics, that's not good.

As I said before the game, I did not expect United to win the Champions League because there are four or five teams better than them - but I definitely thought they would get past Sevilla.

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