‘Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.’
These were the words an extremely confident bordering on the arrogant Jose Mourinho uttered in his first press conference as Chelsea manager in June 2004.
He’s now at the helm at Manchester United, but things have not been going Mourinho’s way at points.
This campaign, the Red Devils have been second fiddle to Local rivals Manchester City in the league, they were dumped out of the Carabao Cup to a Championship side and also took a surprise exit from the Champions League at the last-16 stage.
The defeat in Europe against Sevilla hit Mourinho hard as just three days later he went on a remarkable 12-minute rant in defence of his work which shocked the football world.
And this has led to some thinking this emotional rant by the 55-year-old could lead to his departure as United boss.
But all the greats have their minor slumps and this is exactly what the Portuguese is going through.
Jose Mourinho is a proven champion and, for me, he is still the ‘Special One’.
The United faithful may be scared Mourinho has bitten off more than he can chew.
But I urge them to have no such fear.
Your club is in good hands; Mourinho is a serial winner and he is one of the greatest managers ever.
He has won nine major trophies while managing English sides and, of course, winning trophies is what the game is all about.
Granted, the football is not always the easiest on the eye and the wins are not as regular as they were under the great Sir Alex Ferguson.
But come on – was the football ever going to reach those heights after the Scot departed?
There have been a few speed bumps along the way, but Mourinho has brought trophies back to Old Trafford, something that fans have become accustomed to in recent years.
In the 2016/17 campaign, Mourinho guided United to EFL Cup and Europa League triumphs and a spot back in the Champions League. You can’t grumble at that!
There are so many clubs who would love to win two trophies in a single season and speaking as a Liverpool supporter, I yearn for a season like that.
The progress under Jurgen Klopp has been very satisfying but there are still no trophies under the German’s reign in charge and there is always that risk the current Reds crop will never fulfil their potential.
Under Mourinho, fans do not have to worry about a lack of trophies in the cabinet and I would love to see him manage Liverpool one day.
It’s not been a disastrous season for United anyway. They’re in a good position to finish second in the league and they are in the semis of the FA Cup.
And you wouldn’t put it past Mourinho to pull something out the bag at the end of this season.
Yes, the football can be slightly dull, what Mourinho says in press conferences can sometimes be ill-judged and he can even come across as a bit of a grump on occasions.
But Mourinho’s saving grace is that he gets results – the most important thing in football.
Source : TalkSport