Jose Mourinho has explained why he sees himself as a better coach at Manchester United, pointing towards the greater maturity he has during difficult moments.
The Portuguese endured a gruelling opening campaign at Old Trafford consisting of 64 games in total that, despite a poor Premier League campaign, ended in positive fashion with Man United winning the Europa League.
And United have made a scintillating start to the new campaign, winning nine of their 11 games so far and conceding just two Premier League goals.
Speaking to Portuguese media outlet Record, Mourinho noted that he was a better coach today compared to the one who secured two Premier League titles with Chelsea over ten years ago.
“I am a much better coach today, precisely because of the different control of my emotions,” he said. “The way I deal with difficulties. I feel more mature.”
Perhaps that humiliating spell at Chelsea was the best thing that happened to Mourinho. Nobody achieves anything of note if they don’t encounter cataclysmic failure along the way, after all.
That sacking – and the sheer extent of Chelsea’s woes under his tutelage – forced Mourinho to dig deeper, to find something new – to revaluate, even. He had to do something new; he had to evolve.
And he has bounced back in emphatic fashion, displaying the aura of a man who has been there before and knows success is just around the corner.