Jose Mourinho really is a breath of fresh air on Manchester United‘s pre-season tour of the United States, isn’t he?
He’s looking fresh faced, well rested, typically jovial…just really glad to be back!
What a lovely season football fans have to look forward to, because Jose – one of the greatest managerial minds in the world – is ready to lock horns once again with old foe Pep Guardiola, while
Life with Jose is wonderf…okay, can’t do it anymore. What a miserable man.
You’d swear Jose would be better served just packing football in altogether, given the way he’s moaning about every single thing there is to life. He’s the guy who moans for the sun when it rains and the rain when it gets too hot. He’s the one who buys a really expensive tool for his garage and then blames it when it doesn’t work properly. He’s just typically Jose Mourinho.
The United boss has, by the seems of it, had a right old go at something for every day that’s gone by since his return to pre-season training. Ed Woodward’s got it in the neck (some would say rightly so), he’s blamed the World Cup for taking away too many of his actually-really-good players and, of course, he’s taken aim at the players themselves.
Gotta be honest – sick of Mourinho calling out his players now. Get over it, get on with it, do your job and shut up.
— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) July 24, 2018
They’ve literally not played a competitive game yet, but that won’t stop him.
His criticism of Paul Pogba on Tuesday is the latest in a long line of rants aimed at getting the best out of his players (yes he does this to get the best out of them, keep this in mind) and we’ve had the bright idea to bring together all of those occasions he’s dished out the “tough love” to his United boys over the past couple of years.
Well, we couldn’t do all of them – that’s impossible – but he’s a nice bunch of the best ones.
Paul Pogba has just won the World Cup. He scored in the final and was one of France’s most influential players throughout the tournament.
But Mourinho and the midfielder fell out last season, and Jose never forgets. Here’s what he told the media this week on how to go about bringing the best out of the United fan favourite.
“I don’t think it’s about us getting the best out of him, it’s about him giving the best he has to give.
“During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus, you can lose your concentration, then comes a big match again. In the World Cup, the direction of the emotion, of the responsibility, of the big decisions is always growing up.”
Simple really. Not Jose’s fault.
He said of the right back
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones
On injuries – centre halves Chris Smalling and Phil Jones got it in the neck last season for not trying to come back from injury before they were ready to come back from injury.
Jose said this time:
Tatith Chong has been impressing for United in the US. But while Mourinho has had a right moan that he’s having to play a bunch of kids instead of players who cost £40m in meaningless friendlies against San Jose Earthquakes, he’s also been lovely and complimentary.
Chong will have really liked what
Chong, Martial, Alexis… This could be fun!
— Adam McKola (@AdamMcKola) July 22, 2018
“Physically is where he is not ready. Technically he is very good, tactically he understands the game and he understands his position but, by the physical point of view, when the game gets into contact situations, he is in trouble, he is fragile, he is still a kid.”
Simple really. Chong is too young. Jose didn’t decide when he was born. So not Jose’s fault.
This kid might well get his chance in the United team this season. But last year, he decided to go out on loan to Valencia – and Mourinho admitted in public that he didn’t like it.
He said, via the Mail
“You have to be ready to fight for the position and I am a bit disappointed that he left.”
Simple really. Wasn’t committed. Not Jose’s fault.
Anthony Martial & Marcus Rashford
United fans have been crying out for Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford – two of United’s hottest prospects – to show their best under Jose. They had their chance at the end of last season, and ended up being part of a team that lost to Brighton.
Mourinho – who’d come in for some stick for not giving his young lads enough of a chance – explained it with:
“I wouldn’t say [I’m] disappointed, because I know them. But I thought for some of them, the possibility to start, the possibility to give reasons to all the critics towards my choices – why always Lukaku, why always Lukaku, why always Lukaku, why always this and this – well you have the answer.
“So probably we are not as good individually as people think we are.”
Simple really. Didn’t take the chance when they got it. Not Jose’s fault.
Saving the best for last – remember that time where Mourinho essentially said Luke Shaw didn’t have a brain?
He’s another of United’s biggest unfulfilled talents, but while some of the criticism that comes his way is justified, this attack was just uncalled for.
“It was his body with my brain,” Mourinho said on his performance against Everton in April 2017. “He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him. The communication was possible because we were very close. He cannot play with my brain.
“He must accelerate the process: 21 years old is old enough to have a better understanding but his contribution was good to improve the team. After 30 seconds he was almost in an assist position. He goes today in a positive feeling because his performance was positive.”
Simple really. None of this is Jose’s fault. None of it.
He’ll definitely win the league at Old Trafford with these methods. The players, you can tell, just can’t wait to play for him again.