Jose Mourinho took charge of Manchester United from 2016 to 2018, as he was sacked from his job in December 2018, after a run of disappointing results and having fallen out with some of his players.
Mourinho who has also been sacked as Tottenham manager, believes that he was treated unfairly at the Theatre of Dreams.
Jose won the league and Europa League in his first season at the club before a second place finish in his second season.
His third season was a one-off and he was eventually sacked mid-way through the campaign, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taking over.
Solskjaer guided United to a second place finish in the recently concluded 2020-21 season, and Mourinho believes that the expectations of the club has dropped as they now see second as an impressive finish in the league.
Speaking with the Sun, Mourinho said: “Manchester United was a situation where we won three trophies in the first season. When I met you I wanted more.”
He then added: “I am very optimistic but I am very realistic. When we did that at Manchester United by winning the Europa League, and the domestic cup, I felt for the next step it would not be enough.
“This season, people were saying, ‘Great season, you finished second.’ I’d say, ‘We finished second. It’s a bad season’.”
He went on: “I like Manchester United, the fans were amazing with me. And I think it is good for them that another season without trophies is seen as positive.
“But with me the level of expectation coming from the media is completely different.”