Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told France Football that a new-found maturity and control of his emotions has made him a better manager, and he no longer obsesses over results as he did earlier in his career.
Mourinho, who has been in trouble with the Football Association on
several occasions already this season, following incidents that took
place in games against West Ham, Liverpool and Burnley.
Long nicknamed "The Special One," Mourinho, when asked what he has
become since taking over United, replied: "I would say, 'The Calm One.'
"Everyone expected me to be a problem. But the only problem I've had
up till now is when I kicked a bottle of water in front of me [against
West Ham in reaction to Pogba being booked]. I was sent to the stand and
had to pay a fine for that.
"That's my problem: when I'm a little bit frustrated, I kick bottles.
But it's my only outburst since my arrival eight months ago. So, I have
become 'The Calm One.' Having said that, perhaps tomorrow I'll get sent
The United boss also said he remains as ambitious as ever in his
pursuit of success, but he is now able "transmit" calm to his squad.
"Mourinho the man tries to be the opposite of what the manager is,"
he said. "He tries to be discreet, calm. Find a way to disconnect.
"I can go home and not watch a football game, not think about
football. I can do it. At the beginning of my career, I could not. I was
constantly connected, 24 hours a day. I had to find a form of maturity.
"Today, I feel good with my personality as a man. I have matured, I
am more peaceful. A victory no longer represents the moon, and a defeat
"I believe that I am able to transmit this serenity to those who work
with me, to my players. I have the same ambitions as before. The same
involvement, the same professionalism, but I'm more in control of my
Mourinho does not believe he will be able to return United to the
dominant success they enjoyed under Sir Alex Ferguson -- when they won
13 Premier League titles in 21 seasons -- saying that there are too many
competitive teams for one club to have sustained success like in other
"In England, clubs are so economically powerful that the market is
open to all," he added. "Take the example of Bayern in Germany. You know
how they win the title every year? The summer before, they buy the best
player of Borussia Dortmund. [Mario] Gotze, then [Robert] Lewandowski
the following year, then [Mats] Hummels last year.
"Me, I arrive at a club that has a great and prestigious history, but
which can no longer do what it has been doing in the same way.
"No club in England, be it Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester
City, can now dominate permanently. Power has been divided. Everything
is more difficult: buying, winning, building."
Still, Mourinho says his success as a manager at Manchester United will depend on his ability to adapt to new situations.
"You have to adapt to the reality of the club, its needs, its
demands. That's called 'being intelligent,'" he said. "The priority is
to establish peaceful and loving relationships in a squad, to create
"Manchester United doesn't have great personalities like [Ryan]
Giggs, [Paul] Scholes or Roy Keane any more. There's still [Wayne]
Rooney and [Michael] Carrick, the last faces of that generation, and a
new group of players who have to adapt.
"That's why it was important for me to bring in Zlatan [Ibrahimovic].
In this team, he had -- without being English, without knowing the
culture of the club -- the personality and the profile to be more than
just a player."