Jose Mourinho explains how he’s changed since managing Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho has explained how he’s changed as a manager since he took over from Manchester United last summer.

During his first spell at Chelsea he was labelled as The Special One, during his second it was The Happy One and now Mourinho claims it’s The Calm One at Old Trafford.

He lifted his first major trophy at Man United in February when his side beat Southampton in the League Cup final at Wembley and with United in the quarter finals of the Europa League and still fighting for top four in the Premier League, he’s definitely guiding the side into the right direction.

Speaking about the changes, Mourinho insists he’s getting better at controlling his frustrations.

“I would say, The Calm One,” he said.

“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. 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 off.

Mourinho insists he is now able to transfer that feeling of calm to his players, thanks to an ability to disconnect from the game.

“Mourinho the man who tries to be the opposite of what a manager is. He tries to be discreet, calm. To find a way to disconnect.

“I can come home and not watch a game of football, not think about football. I can do it. At the beginning of my career, I couldn’t. I was permanently connected, 24 out of 24 hours.

“I had to find a form of maturity.

“Today, I am happy within my personality as a man. I have matured, I am more peaceful.

“A win no longer means the moon, a loss no longer means hell. And I think that I am in the process of transferring this calmness to those who are working with me, my players.

“I still have the same ambitions as before. The same involvement, the same professionalism. But I am more in control of my emotions.”

His main aim is to get United back into the Champions League ahead of next season and although he has been in trouble on several occasions, serving two separate touchline bans, it’s clear there are great things ahead for United supporters.

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