From 'The Special One' to 'The Humble One' - Mourinho felt he was the worst manager in the world

From 'The Special One' to 'The Humble One' - Mourinho felt he was the worst manager in the world

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho conceded
he felt he was the worst manager in the world
during a gruelling campaign, which was capped off
by Europa League victory and Champions League
qualification.
Mourinho masterminded United's return to the
Champions League after Wednesday's 2-0 victory
over Dutch giants Ajax in Stockholm.
Following a sixth-place finish in the Premier
League amid crippling injuries to stars Zlatan
Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw,
everything hinged on the Europa League result at
Friends Arena, and Paul Pogba and Henrikh
Mkhitaryan ensured United ended the season with
a third trophy, having claimed silverware in the
Community Shield and EFL Cup.
As Mourinho celebrated a fourth European title
from four finals, the Portuguese tactician revealed
doubts about himself.
"The poets are the ones that win every match, win
every match. I think I will try to have one of these
jobs because you win every match. I never
managed that in my career. Some guys win every
time, but I don't, I don't," Mourinho told reporters.
"But in a bad season, in a season where
sometimes I felt my team was the worst team in
the world, where I felt I was the worst manager in
the world, we managed to win three trophies and
we go to the Champions League by winning a
trophy, not finishing third or fourth.
"We have the honour of going to the European
Super Cup to play the Champions League winner. It
was a really good victory, victory of pragmatism,
victory of humble people, who respect opponents,
try to explore opponents' weaknesses. A win for a
fantastic group, but a win for pragmatism. Not
poets, just humble people."
Mourinho, who replaced Louis van Gaal in the off-
season following his exit from Chelsea in 2015-16,
continued: "For me it's the most important trophy
of my career, because it's my last.
"That's the way I look at things. Of course the
Champions League is bigger than the Europa
League but that's the last trophy and the last
trophy is one where feelings are under the skin,
obviously a fantastic feeling.
"For the team it means everything, means a third
trophy, go back to Champions League, means win a
European trophy, means play European Super Cup
in Macedonia in August, means for the club the
last piece of the puzzle.
"It's not like Ajax and some other clubs with every
trophy in the world of football. For me it means a
lot and for the boys and for the supporters too I
believe."
United's triumph was significant in more ways
than one following Monday's terror attack in
Manchester, which claimed 22 lives and injured
more than 100 people.
United in grief after the incident at Manchester
Arena, Mourinho said: "If we could, we would
change obviously the people's lives for this cup
immediately, we wouldn't think twice.
"But this cup makes the city of Manchester a little
bit happier? Maybe. But we just come to do our job,
we came without the happiness we bring with us
because when you come for these matches you
come happy and proud. We didn't. The boys were
fantastic, they blocked, they put a wall in front of
their eyes and stayed isolated from everything,
focused on a football match we played really well
and the boys deserve this moment."

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