Jose Mourinho demonstrated his love for Manchester United in emphatic fashion by pointing towards the club’s badge as he walked off following his side’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League.
Man United cruised to a dominant victory over the league leaders through goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera as Chelsea, notably outsmarted by their former manager’s approach, failed to register a single shot on target.
The 54-year-old, speaking ahead of the clash game, played down the clash with his former side as just another match in the calendar, ruling out the idea of his approach being emotionally motivated in anyway.
But you could tell that Mourinho, heading back down the tunnel, seriously enjoyed condemning the club that dismissed him in such ruthless fashion back in December 2015 to such a significant defeat.
“I don’t feel extra joy at beating Chelsea – we beat the leader,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter if the leader is Chelsea or another – we beat them convincingly. Nobody can doubt our credit to win the game.”
Mourinho has always been pretty reserved on the topic of Chelsea since arriving at Old Trafford, with the general message being: I have great respect for them, we enjoyed plenty of success, but I am now completely focused on United. Nice and bureaucratic.
But make no mistake: the way in which Chelsea dismissed him so quickly, appointed a man who immediately wiped out his work by employing a completely different approach, whilst supporters – who probably only started supporting Chelsea once the Portuguese arrived – suddenly turned on him, would have really hurt. This is the thing with a past love: you can simultaneously have deep respect for them whilst desperately wanting to damage them.
Mourinho’s move to United was, above anything, predicated by a desire to demonstrate to the watching world that – following a tumultuous end to his time at Chelsea – he was still capable of dominating at the highest level. And with this win, which has suddenly placed his former side’s title hopes into uncertainty, he has done exactly that.