Jose Mourinho will take a pragmatic approach to life at Manchester United, but insists the aim is to make the club believe they can challenge for major trophies.
United have not challenged for the Premier League title and have twice missed out on Champions League qualification since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, but Mourinho is determined to get back to those levels.
The Portuguese said: “We have to make sure in July 2017… this club is where it has to be, which is obviously the Champions League.
“But it would be pragmatic to say, ‘Let’s work, let’s try to be back to the Champions League, let’s try to be back to the top four, let’s try to do well in the Europa League’. I want more than that. I prefer to be more aggressive, to say, ‘We want to win’.
“I want everything. I want to win matches, I want to play well, I want to play young players, I want to score goals, I want to not concede goals.
“The last three years are to forget. I don’t want the players to think to do better is to finish fourth. Finishing fourth is not the aim.”
Mourinho is returning to management after being sacked by Chelsea last December following a spectacular slump in fortunes. He had won the Premier League, his third in England, just seven months earlier.
The 53-year-old insists he is not out to prove a point after his struggles at Chelsea last season.
After making a remark that could be interpreted as a dig at old adversary Arsene Wenger, Mourinho also insisted: “I feel I have to prove, not to the others, but to myself. The reality is for the last five months (at Chelsea) I was in trouble. The first month was fine, the second not so good and after that it was a disaster.”