Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed to France Football that a freshly discovered maturity and control of his feelings has improved him as a better manager, and he no longer fixates on results as he did before in his earlier career.
The Portuguese international who in his first spell with Chelsea was nicknamed the ‘Special One’, and after leaving Madrid and return back to Stamford Bridge he was called the ‘Happy One’. Now the Manchester United boss feels the ‘Calm One’ suit him better.
The 54-year-old assumed control at Manchester United last summer and led United to their first 2017 season major trophy in February when the Red Devils beat Southampton in the ELF Cup final at the Wembley Stadium.
Manchester United will confront Anderlecht in Europa League quarterfinal and they are as yet battling for a ‘Top- Four’ finish in the Premier League. Mourinho led side climbed to 5th after four months sitting in the 6th position
The Portuguese has been in a bad position with the Football Association on a few circumstances this season and has served two separate touchline bans.
When asked about his tenure at Old Trafford, he told France Football: “I would say, ‘The Calm One’,” he stated.
“Everyone expected me to be a problem. But the only problem I’ve had up till now is when I kicked a bottle of water in front of me. I was sent to the stand and had to pay a fine for that. That’s my problem: when I’m a little bit frustrated, I kick bottles. But it’s my only outburst since my arrival eight months ago. So, I have become ‘The Calm One.’ Having said that, perhaps tomorrow I’ll get sent off.”
Mourinho insists he is now able to transfer that feeling of calm to his players, thanks to an ability to disconnect from the game.
“Mourinho the man who tries to be the opposite of what a manager is. He tries to be discreet, calm.To find a way to disconnect,” he said.
“I can come home and not watch a game of football, not think about football. I can do it. At the beginning of my career, I couldn’t. I was permanently connected, 24 out of 24 hours.
“I had to find a form of maturity. Today, I am happy with my personality as a man. I have matured, I am more peaceful. A win no longer means the moon, a loss no longer means hell. And I think that I am in the process of transferring this calmness to those who are working with me, my players.
“I still have the same ambitions as before. The same involvement, the same professionalism.But I am more in control of my emotions.”