Mour­inho’s not spe­cial yet

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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

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