Different season, different club but same old Jose

After last season’s episode with Chelsea you would’ve thought Jose Mourinho would’ve learned from his mistakes, but following the comments in his pre match presser ahead Sunday’s Community Shield win over Premier League champions Leicester, he probably hasn’t.

The Manchester United boss says criticism from his fellow managers are “not ethical” after the pair
seemingly questioned the club’s decision to pay a world record £100m fee for Paul Pogba.

“They are things that when I do are not ethical, when others do it, everything is normal.” said Mourinho.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the valuation of his fellow countryman Pogba is “completely crazy” while Klopp stated that he wouldn’t spend that much on one single player even if he had unlimited funds.

A ball hasn’t even been kicked and Mourinho is already looking for confrontation which is arguably one of the reasons why Chelsea decided to cut ties with him in December last year.

You would have to ask the former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager why? Does he need some kind of conflict with opposing managers to motivate him throughout the season? After the debacle at Stamford Bridge last term you would’ve thought Mourinho may have learned to tame himself in situations which are really not worth it but it seems as though he’s carried those traits to Old Trafford.

Manchester United is a club built on tradition and proud history, I have no doubts Mourinho is fully aware of that although these pre match press conferences with digs and jibes could have an adverse effect on his spell at United.

What’s not changed?
- His mannerisms seem to have stayed, he wasn’t shy in cancelling a pre-match press conference the press room inside the Bird’s Nest was too hot and humid, with a packed crowd of journalists moving outside as the news conference was switched at the last minute.

- Mourinho described the pitch as “very bad” and said the target was to get home without any injuries. I understand frustration from time to time but when on tour it’s about presenting a good image to the world and pleasing world-wide fans so to say the target was to get back to Manchester with no injuries would surely anger supporters.

- The excuses came in early too with Mourinho suggesting Man City had more players with them on their tour to China ahead of their game.

His excuses became near on laughable by the end of his time at Stamford Bridge but let’s not forget his statement suggesting there was a ‘campaign against Chelsea’ after their 1-1 draw with Southampton, the season they won the title.

- The omission of Bastian Schweinsteiger from first team training sessions is another peculiar step from Mourinho with Slovenia FifPro member Dejan Stefanovic stating he should be sent to jail for bullying.

“It’s clear bullying, in Slovenia, we would have indicted Mourinho and asked for the highest penalty - three years in prison.”

By no means would I suggest Mourinho to be jailed for how he’s gone about the situation but does he feel he needs to make a statement with everyone and anyone? The Juan Mata situation on Sunday again caused a flare up in the media and despite his explanation, there was definitely something more to it and Mata’s reaction. Surely if he wants to survive in the long run at Manchester United results will do the talking but things such as the Schweinsteiger situation won’t be allowed to happen on a regular basis.

It’s only the start but you can expect another season of drama and controversy under Jose Mourinho.

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