‘He tells you if he likes you’ – Current Man United man opens up on working under Mourinho

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has now been in charge of Tottenham for over fives months since taking over in November 2019.

This followed almost exactly one year away from management since his sacking from the Manchester United hot seat in 2018.

Former Chelsea captain, John Terry, recently suggested that perhaps the generational difference between the players during Mourinho’s first stint at Chelsea and those today could explain why Jose’s confrontational methods may not work anymore (Sky Sports).

However, barring a few cases, it is clear that many players seem to take to the 57-year-old even now.

Since he arrived at Spurs, the likes of Lucas Moura (ESPN Brasil), Ryan Sessegnon (Daily Star), Eric Dier (Evening Standard), Toby Alderweireld (Evening Standard) and Hugo Lloris (Eurosport) have all talked about how much they are enjoying working with Mourinho.

Manchester United midfielder, Andreas Pereira, has also now waved lyrical about the ex-Red Devils boss, revealing that he wished he had been given more time to work with him.

Speaking to Esporte Interativo (as relayed by Manchester Evening News), Pereira said: “Special. Winner. At any cost. Fair. And great. I’ll tell you, he’s amazing.

“The guy is different. He helped me a lot. He gave me my first game in the Premier League. When I was with him, I was called up by the national team, so all thanks to him. But he’s great.

“He tells you if he likes you, if you do the wrong thing or not. Whether he’s with you or not. Very good coach. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to work with him at Manchester.”

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The thing that particularly stands out for me from Pereira’s comments is that Mourinho tells it like it is, wanting to win any costs. As much as I loved Pochettino, that is the one area in which he was possibly lacking. He didn’t quite have a win at all costs mentality and often shielded his favourites from criticism.

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