Andre Villas Boas: Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho is still a unique manager

by Marwan Harraz

Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas has claimed that Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho is still a unique manager.

The two coaches worked together during their time at Inter Milan in Italy before their paths took completely different turns.

Mourinho would go on to manage Real Madrid, Chelsea once more and finally move to United whilst Villas Boas moved to a plethora of clubs before deciding to begin a career in motorsport.

The Red Devils’ manager has had a successful first season in charge of the club and will certainly aim for more this campaign.

Despite the change in career, he still had positive things to say about his former colleague, dismissing claims of Jose being out of touch with modern football.

According to La Repubblica, Andre said: “I had a great time at Inter with Jose. I wanted to give him more, to start my career. I wanted to be on the field, with more responsibilities, but Jose only saw me as a match analyst of the rival teams, he wanted to keep me in that role for another 10 years.

“We had a strong argument at one point and we took different paths since then. I owe him a lot, I will always be grateful to him. He remains unique, formidable, a winner, one of the best three in the world.

“I do not regret anything from back then. Our football ideas are different. Some coaches are more dictatorial, I prefer to be democratic, to talk.”

Since arriving at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has won the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League in his first season in charge.

The club’s failure in the Premier League ended up not being of concern since the Europa League trophy mean Mourinho’s side would qualify for the Champions League.

With expectations met and a few trophies under his belt, the Portuguese manager began his second season optimistically and rightfully so as United were in fine form.

However, the club now find themselves 15 points behind fierce rivals and league leaders Manchester City who have outshined everyone else in the division.

Having been knocked out of the League Cup, the Red Devils now only have the FA Cup and Champions League to contend for with the Premier League all but done for.

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