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Mourinho Myths by Philip Meese - 14 Jan 2023 12:11

In the summer of 2016, the inevitable happened; José Mourinho became the manager of Manchester United. The self-styled “Special One” was, and still is, one of the most talked-about managers in the world of football.

Although he had already managed and won many trophies with Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan and Real Madrid, the fact that he wanted a crack at the Old Trafford hot-seat was one of the worst-kept secrets in football.

At the time of writing this two-part article, Mourinho was out of work but had been heavily linked to the Old Trafford job as the under-fire Louis van Gaal’s tenure drew to a close

Throughout his career, Mourinho has faced several accusations about his style of management, such as the fact that he rarely gives youth players a chance and that his style of football is boring.

I took a look at his career to date at that point to see if the facts supported these criticisms.

José Mourinho Myths, Part One: Blooding in Youngsters and Other Non-Truths

Many have called Mourinho a “chequebook manager”, and stated that he doesn’t blood youngsters into his team. Part one focuses mainly on that aspect.

José Mourinho Myths Part Two: Boring Football and Building Empires


Mourinho plays boring football, and that he can only sustain short-term success, are two other criticisms he has faced throughout his career.