That Jose was witty, smiling, arrogant in a good way. But this Mourinho, the one we are seeing at United, seems to be fighting, frowning and snarling at every single person.
I don’t know if he’s like that on the training ground — but I suspect the Paul Pogba situation will be a fascinating one to observe and see what pans out.
I’ve read this week about Pogba wanting to leave before the European transfer deadline at the end of the month and in truth that wouldn’t surprise me.
We saw the best of Pogba in the World Cup. Didier Deschamps managed to get top performances out of him in the games he played in the summer and he played very, very well.
He has to replicate that for United but it’s also Mourinho’s job to get the best out of him.
Pogba did his bit on Friday in the 2-1 opening win over Leicester.
He played well, scored the penalty — showing real confidence — but now he has to do that every single week.
When you look at the United squad, it is very, very talented.
David De Gea in goal, Eric Bailly at the back, Nemanja Matic, Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Fred and Juan Mata — then Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial up front.
But they finished 19 points behind Manchester City last season, and didn’t win a trophy after picking up two the season before.
It is imperative that they get back to winning silverware. United doesn’t seem a happy ship — and that’s coming from the manager.
In every interview Mourinho is complaining and frowning and looking to scowl at everybody.
He can’t change the squad now. He has to work with the players he has got and that IS a talented group of players.
The moaning must stop now and he has to get his head round winning football matches.
There is a lot of opposition out there this year. Liverpool have spent a lot to try to get nearer to City, while the champions splashed out £60million on Riyad Mahrez.
Jose has got to get that United squad to a position where they are starting to challenge City.
Last season City had effectively won the title by January and that can’t be allowed to happen again this year if you are a United fan, player or manager.
What you have to look at is that Mourinho lost the power battle with the players in the dressing room at both Real Madrid and Chelsea.
We haven’t really seen Sanchez kick a ball for United since he arrived in January.
He’s shown nowhere near the ability we know he has.
And then there has been this constant criticism of Pogba and Luke Shaw.
Jose must know that if he keeps on picking fights with his players he will never win. Whether we like it or not, the players have all the power these days — they will win.
That was proved at Chelsea. Those players, top players, didn’t want to perform for him.
Then in came Antonio Conte, who won the title with basically the same bunch of players.
If Jose is not careful, just continuing with the constant criticism, something similar will happen at Manchester United.
The important thing on Friday night was that they won the game. They weren’t brilliant by any means but they took the three points, which is what they had to do.
They have to improve and I’m sure they will. It’s too early in the season to really judge.
But the most important thing was winning — because you can imagine the reaction if they hadn’t beaten Leicester after all the negatives surrounding them this summer.
SPURS got off to a winning start without playing too well but I really think they will regret not buying anybody this summer.
Yes, they did great business getting big stars players Harry Kane, Davinson Sanchez, Kieran Trippier and of course Mauricio Pochettino to sign new contracts at the end of last season.
But you have to freshen it up with one or two players.
I remember when we won the league at Blackburn in 1994-95 and Ray Harford made a big mistake by not adding to that squad and giving everybody another opportunity.
The following season Manchester United won the title back.
It’s the same with Spurs. If Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City feel they had to strengthen, why didn’t Tottenham?
I fear for them that later in the year, when the games start coming thick and fast in all the competitions, it is a mistake that will start to show.
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