King of football
Jose Mourinho might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s one manager who loves him.
Swansea City boss Carlos Carvalhal has claimed the Manchester United boss is the ‘King of Football’ ahead of the clash between the two sides this weekend, and has noted the two have a good relationship after previously crossing paths, but also added the reason for his admiration for Mourinho.
He said Mourinho opened the door for managers from Portugal to go abroad all over the world, and that he revolutionised football at the time.
“He is an inspiration, our king of football,” Standard Sport report Swansea manager Carvalhal said.
“He opened the doors to the new generation of managers to go abroad, he opened the ideas of the world on Portuguese coaches.
“In the 1960s and 1970s we had a lot of emigration in different worlds, but sometimes one guy can accelerate that idea.
“Mourinho did that because he was public in football, he showed what the modern Portugal was about.
“He is smart, talks many languages, works in many different countries and I am proud to share a nationality with him.
“You love him or hate him because of his personality and the controversy. I understand that, but I like him a lot.”
The three points on offer this weekend will be huge for both sides – Man United want to tie up second place in the league and have daylight between themselves and the chasing pack so they can focus on the FA Cup, and for Swansea, three points against Man United while they’re fighting for their lives in the Premier League would be massive, with the chances of survival now looking far greater than they had before the change in manager.