Manchester United Football Club won two major pieces of silverware under Jose Mourinho during his debut season, with the self-proclaimed Special One doing his utmost to return the club back to where it belongs.
However, that didn’t stop reports emerging suggesting that the Portuguese coach was ready to walk out on Old Trafford at the end of the season.
It didn’t take the boss long to respond to those reports, and he denied them in brilliant fashion. Mourinho flat-out called them garbage, before indicating his desire to remain at Manchester United for a very long time – providing the club want him.
On top of that, the gaffer went on to take a dig at the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte, because he doesn’t ‘act like a clown’ on the touchline, it apparently means he has lost his passion…
“I say garbage. I don’t find a better word than to define the talk,” Mourinho told reporters, including the BBC.
“The worst thing someone can do is put one inch of doubt into my professionalism, to every detail related to my job, so yes the garbage news affected me just on this aspect because it’s something I don’t admit.
“I repeat I am in the middle of my contract, if I am going to sign a new one it depends on the club but my commitment is total and I want to stay.”
“I see myself here,” added Mourinho. “It is just a question of the club, the board the owners, Mr Woodward, they are all happy with my contribution and they want me to stay beyond the end of this contract.”
Because I don’t behave as a clown on the touchline? It means I lost my passion?”
“I prefer to do it the way I do it, much more mature, better for my team and myself, you don’t have to behave like a crazy guy on the touchline.
“The way a person is dedicated to his work, not what you do in front of the cameras.”
I love Jose, and he’s definitely the man to take us forward. This is a manager who has probably been the best in the country since his first stint at Chelsea in the early 2000s, and I find it crazy when people criticise him and suggest he isn’t good enough.
His project at Manchester United was never going to be easy, but we’re a side on the up, and Mourinho deserves huge credit for that. I’m thrilled that he sees his long-term future here, and the board must be delighted at that fact, too. He’s the type of manager that just won’t stop until he gets right back to the top – and I cannot wait to watch it unfold.