Jose Mourinho

From Real Madrid to Chelsea: Jose Mourinho names his surprise ‘best’ player

Jose Mourinho & Sunday Times

The Sunday Times have an exclusive interview with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

The interview has come out the day after the Red Devils dropped their first points of the Premier League season.

Stoke held United to a 2-2 draw on Saturday night at the Bet365 Stadium.

One of the big talking points after the match was why Jose Mourinho refused to shake Mark Hughes’ hand.

Also see: Why Jose Mourinho refused to shake hands with Mark Hughes.

Man United were stale

In an expansive interview on Mourinho’s career, the Special One make some telling remarks about the state of Man United went he took over.

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After troubled seasons with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal at the helm, Mourinho believes he inherited a massive club that had gone stale:

I manage big clubs, but I always find them in very similar situations. . . I get the giants, but the giants are difficult when they are in trouble.

There was an evolution in the other clubs; there was no evolution in this club. In all the areas that make a team successful I think we stopped in time.

When I say ‘the club’, I say the football team and what surrounds the football team was in trouble, big trouble.

Mourinho’s best player

Mourinho, of course, has managed some of the biggest clubs in world football.

After making at name for himself at Porto, Mourinho has won titles and trophies at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

He’s also coached a shedload of players during that time. However, in his Sunday Times interview, Mourinho singled out for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic for special praise:

[Nemanja] Matic, I cannot say that I had better guys than him in my career. 

Back in July, Man United completed the signing of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for £40m on a three-year deal.

So why does Mourinho love Matic so much? The Special One wrapped up his thoughts with the story of that match at Chelsea was Mourinho subbed Matic after he was brought on as a sub:

He has with me something which marks forever, which was a match where he was on the bench, I play him minute 45 and I took him off minute 70, 75.

The press wants a story, the press wants blood. My blood, or his blood, or both.

He was really sad. I was also sad because it’s not something nice and it’s something that I did only twice in my career.

But the next day he comes to me and he says, ‘I’m not happy, but it’s my fault. I’m not happy with what you did to me, but it’s my fault, because the way I was playing I can understand the change. So let’s keep going.’