Jose Mourinho insists his Manchester United players cannot rely on him as their source of motivation heading into matches.
He has built up a spectacular reputation for himself as a manager and is capable of getting the best out of his players at Old Trafford, as we’ve seen with the likes of Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini.
Although his motivational skills have helped him win titles at every major club he has managed, Mourinho claims the drive to succeed must come from inside the players.
“I think it’s more about people’s nature,” he said.
“It’s who you are and I always felt that it was my biggest motivation. I think when you need external sources of motivation, you are not so strong as you can be. External sources of motivation are exactly that – external sources.
“The motivation can belong to yourself. It’s a little bit like myself as a leader. When I have to motivate players, the one thing is I am an extra source of motivation to a player that is already motivated. But when I have to motivate people that are not motivated, then I am not the extra source of motivation. I am the source of motivation and that is not enough.
“It’s about yourself. You cannot wait for other people to motivate you. You cannot wait for other people to criticise you. You have to be critical of yourself. You cannot be waiting for other people to praise you as maybe they will never do it. So you have to judge yourself. You have to analyse yourself and be introspective. You have to know when you are doing well or doing wrong and where you have to improve.
“I think it’s much more about the individual and then the people that surround us are external, extra sources of motivation.”
Mourinho is clear his methods will work for players only if they’re willing to reach their full potential.
There are plenty of players at the club battling for a place in the side and they’ll undoubtedly be motivated heading into the Liverpool clash.