Former Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho claims he has turned down three job offers since being sacked and has rejected criticism of the Red Devils’ playing style.
The 55-year-old could not help his side live up to the billing and oversaw Manchester United’s worst ever start in the Premier League era. The board eventually grew tired of the string of disappointing results, dressing room bust-ups, and explosive press conferences, and relieved the Portuguese manager of his responsibilities in December.
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Former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, recently asserted that no manager should be allowed to shape their own philosophy at Old Trafford again – a statement Mourinho hasn’t received graciously.
“Gary Neville doesn’t know my philosophy,” Mourinho told Bein Sports, as quoted by BBC.
“My philosophy depends. I would love to go to a club and have [the same] conditions that [Liverpool boss] Jurgen Klopp and [Manchester City manager] Pep Guardiola did.
“I refused already three jobs because I didn’t feel it was what I want.”
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It is understood that Mourinho has a non-disclosure agreement with Manchester United, meaning that he is not allowed to talk about his dismissal. Yet, he spoke on a range of topics, as candid as ever.
He revealed how one Manchester United player requested not to be criticized in training.
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“Recently, when I was coaching one player he told me and he was very polite, ‘please when you criticize me can you do it in private’,” he said.
“I told him why? ‘Because of my stature, in front of the other players when you criticize me I don’t feel comfortable’.”
“Nowadays you have to be very smart in the way you read your players, and try to create the best situation.”
He drew a contrast with one of his favorite players, Chelsea’s Didier Drogba, with who he won two Premier Leagues.
“With Drogba, he is the kind of player that the more pressure from the manager, the more quality in his performance,” Mourinho added.
“There are some players where if you squeeze them they answer in the best way.
“There are other mentalities and personalities and the reaction is not the best. They were brought up in a different way, an easier social life, coming to the top level of football, everything came too easy to them.”
“Some of them they don’t react in the same way. Certain moments, some strong public words, some of them have some risk.”
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Throughout his career, Mourinho has faced criticism for playing ‘negative football.’ The former Real Madrid manager, however, insisted that his philosophy depended on the teams he was in charge of.
He cited the style of play during his first stint at Chelsea and said: “You know when the [parking the bus] reputation started?”
“It was when I was champions with Real Madrid with 100 points and 106 goals – the record of Spanish football.”
Next, he talked about Premier League frontrunners, Liverpool and Manchester City, claiming he was not as ‘well supported’ as Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp.
He said: “At Man City in the first season Guardiola was not a champion. In the second season, Pep made great decisions but those that were supported. In the same summer, he sold four full-backs and bought four backs.”
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“At Liverpool how many players were there before Jurgen Klopp arrived? If you are a manager and you [are able] to choose the players to follow your idea, that’s one thing. The other thing is when you are not able to do that.”
Finally, he recalled a funny incident in 2005, during his first spell at Chelsea. Mourinho confirmed he had hidden in a laundry basket for Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich after drawing a two-game touchline ban.
“I need to be with my players and I did it yeah,” he said.
“I go to the dressing room during the day so I was there from midday and the game is seven o’clock. I just want to be in the dressing room when the players arrive. I went there and nobody saw me. The problem was to leave after. And the kit man put me in the basket. It was a little bit open so I could breathe.”
“But when he was taking it outside the dressing room, the Uefa guys were following and desperate to find me so he closed the box and I couldn’t breathe. When he opened the box I was dying,” he concluded.