‘The Special One’ is never one to shy away from a controversy is he?
Jose Mourinho must be feeling quite happy right now. His Manchester United team have had a perfect start to the Premier League season, with three wins out of three.
The new signings of Lukaku and Matic have already made a huge impact at the club, while the likes of Pogba and Mkhitaryan have looked far more confident this season.
While everyone mentions Jose’s record of always winning the title in his second season, the Portuguese is the last one to be carried away by such headlines.
Jose will know that his team will have consistently to put in quality performances if they hope to lift the title next year.
But that has not stopped the Portuguese from aiming a dig at his fellow managers. Everyone knows that there is no love lost between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho.
The pair have not liked each other for well over a decade now, and Jose never lets an opportunity go to get under the Frenchman’s skin.
What is the opposite of success?” he asks. Failure. “Right, failure,” he says. “One who leaves the club in conditions for failure. That is a short-term manager. You can be there ten or 20 years and when you leave the club, it’s ready for failure.”
Surely he wasn’t talking about Wenger was he?
Jose has also aimed a sly dig at Chelsea, and everyone who calls him a defensive manager who plays negative football.
“For me, let’s be honest and objective. The last three Premier League champions — Chelsea with Mourinho, Leicester with [Claudio] Ranieri, Chelsea with [Antonio] Conte — which of these teams was the most offensive one?” he asks. “Which played more quality football? It was mine. But nobody says.”
“I don’t think about it,” he says rather unconvincingly. “The credit I want is my relationship with the players, with the supporters of the club I defend. This is what I really want. The rest, I don’t care.”