Mourinho’s not special yet
JOSE MOURINHO returned to Chelsea yesterday admitting he is not the Special One yet at Manchester United.
At Stamford Bridge he certainly was, with his achievements in two spells in charge including three Premier League title triumphs.
But Mourinho has said that he needs to deliver trophies at Old Trafford before the United fans will recognise him as their own “Special One”.
The United boss, who was controversially sacked by Chelsea last season, said: “Connections start before titles are won.
“But it is success that brings empathy between the supporters and managers and makes that connection become really strong.
“I have a three-year contract here and if I am here for three years, the people will know that I have given everything to the club and that I am a professional and dedicated coach who gives himself 24 hours a day to United.
“But if, at the end of three years, I don’t win a single piece of silverware for them, they will say, ‘Great guy, good coach, we like him but we feel nothing special about him’.
“However, I have loved every club that I have worked for. I have this professional heart that makes me connect 101% with my club.
“When I was growing up in Portugal, I was not born a Porto supporter – but I still gave my life to Porto.
“I also gave my life to Madrid, I gave my life to Inter and I gave my life to Chelsea.
“Now, I give my life to United. That is my professional nature.”
Mourinho said he remained proud of his trophy-laden achievements at Stamford Bridge.
“Chelsea have won four Premier League titles in their history – three of them were won with me and the other one was won by the team I left behind.
“I took them to Wembley, I took them to Cardiff, I took them to cup finals.
“So there is a connection based on empathy – but built on success. In the end at Chelsea, when the last two or three months of my time at the club were a period of bad results, the fans kept that empathy and they remembered our relationship.
“That is something I don’t forget and is something I will always be grateful to them for as, with me, they always behaved in a fantastic way.
“But there is one thing that Chelsea fans can be sure of now – I am Manchester United 100%.
“I want to win with United and make them the best, but I will always be respectful to Chelsea. It doesn’t matter what happens, I will never lose the feeling of respect towards the club.” – Daily Star