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Craig Burley says Jose Mourinho is lingering on his historical success while others involved with Manchester United are looking forward.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he knew this Premier League season would be difficult and nothing has changed in light of recent results.

After losing to Brighton and Tottenham, United must avoid a third consecutive defeat against Burnley on Sunday.

“I said that [it would be difficult] in the summer before the competition started,” said Mourinho. “It’s not especially now. Two defeats are two defeats. We still have 35 matches to play. It’s not because we lost six points that this is going to change.

“I knew this was going to be difficult because I knew that last season was going to be very, very difficult.”

Mourinho has been frustrated by United’s summer transfers as only Fred, Diogo Dalot and reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant arrived. But he insists only winning will get the club back on track.

“Win at Burnley. Then win against Watford. That is the target we have,” he added.

“We have matches to play every week and the target is always to win. We know that in the Champions League, we have to play the biggest candidate in Juventus. They were always a big candidate but they transformed themselves into the biggest candidate.

“They don’t hide the fact their investment made was really to win the Champions League. But even against that big team, we are going to try to win.

“Last season we had a fantastic start and we won the first three matches. We got nine points from three matches, scoring 10 goals.

“Then we lost a couple of matches. Maybe this time we started with two defeats and who knows if we will have a good run that gives us consecutive victories and consecutive points.”

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