Jose Mourinho admits he will not be considered
the ‘special one’ if he fails to win any trophies with
The Portuguese, who signed a contract tying him
to United until 2020 in May after replacing Louis
van Gaal, proclaimed himself the ‘Special One’
when he arrived in England for his first stint as
Chelsea boss over a decade ago.
Now, speaking ahead of his return to Stamford
Bridge as United manager today, Mourinho
concedes that Red Devils fans will not view him as
anything out of the ordinary if he is unable to
deliver any success to Old Trafford in the next
He told several national newspapers: “Connections
start before titles are won but it is success that
brings empathy between the supporters and
managers and makes that connection become
“I have a three-year contract here and if I am here
for three years the people will know that I have
given everything to the club and that I am a
professional and dedicated coach who gives
himself 24 hours a day to United.
“But if, at the end of the three years, I don’t win a
single piece of silverware for them, they will say
‘great guy, good coach, we like him, but we feel
nothing special about him’.”
Today’s match will be Mourinho’s first trip to
Stamford Bridge as manager of another Premier
The 53-year-old’s second spell as Blues manager
came to an end in December following a miserable
run of form but, having led Chelsea to eight
trophies including three Premier League titles, he
is understandably proud of what he achieved with
the west London outfit.
He is also grateful for the relationship and empathy
he had with the club’s supporters, although he
insists he is “100% United” now.
He said “Chelsea have won four Premier League
titles in their history. Three of them were with me
and the other one was won by the team I left
“I took them to Wembley, I took them to Cardiff, I
took them to cup finals. So there is a connection
based on empathy – but built on success.
“In the end at Chelsea, when the last two or three
months of my time at the club were a period of
bad results, the fans kept that empathy and
remembered our relationship.
“That is something I don’t forget and that is
something I will always be grateful to them for
because, with me, they have always behaved in a
“I have loved every club that I have worked for. I
have this professional heart that makes me
connect 101% with my club.
“When I was growing up in Portugal, I was not a
born a Porto supporter – but I still gave my life to
“I also gave my life to (Real) Madrid, I gave my life
to Inter (Milan) and I gave my life to Chelsea. Now
I give my life to United. That is my professional
nature. So I am 100% United now.”
United head to London lying seventh in the
Premier League table with 14 points from eight
games, two places and two points behind Chelsea.
The Red Devils could be without Wayne Rooney for
the clash, though, with media reports on last night
suggesting the England captain may miss the
game after picking up an injury in training.