Jose Mourinho has revealed he has learnt to control his emotions better over his managerial career.
The Manchester United manager has been sent off on a number of occasions in his first season or so at Old Trafford, but often for minor offences, including kicking a water bottle and accidentally stepping onto the pitch.
The club were initially apprehensive about hiring the Portuguese due to his questionable behaviour in previous roles, most notably so as Real Madrid boss when he poked Barcelona coach Tito Villanova in the eye.
However, his behaviour since joining the Reds has been pretty good, with his reputation doing him no favours when committing the mildest of offences.
“I’m a better coach today than I was before because I can control my emotions,” Mourinho said, speaking to the Portuguese outlet Record.
“These days I face difficulties with more maturity – it means I keep my feet on the ground.”
Mourinho the Man United manager is certainly a more mature figure than Mourinho at his other clubs, stretching all the way back to Porto and his knee slide down the Old Trafford touchline after a famous victory in the UEFA Champions League.
However, fortunately, the nasty streak, it seems, remains there in the slightest, the nasty streak needed to succeed in football, the same one that Sir Alex Ferguson had.
Mind games are less frequent, but will surely be on show ahead of big games this season.