Having been the former student of Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho’s moved to within two wins of the Premier League title as he beat his ex-mentor with a 1-0 victory over the weekend. The result however was not what made the headlines; the smug remarks made by Mourinho ‘The Special One’ did.
Although United dominated the entire match with 70 per cent, more chances and successful passes, Chelsea managed to capitalise on the Reds’ mistakes. Eden Hazard scored a first-half goal that sealed victory over the third-placed visitors.
When asked on the difficulty of the game, Mourinho said his side had United’s best players “in their pockets” in a match that went “exactly” as they planned it would.
In a match dubbed ‘The meeting of the big beasts’ of Premier League management, the two seemingly arrogant managers both shared opposing post-match views. Mourinho argued that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea should have been sent off when he “played with a handball outside the [18-yard] box”.
The Special One was responding to suggestions by Van Gaal that there was a foul right before Hazard’s goal. Visiting manager Van Gaal hailed his side’s performance as their “best display of the season”.
Despite roaring celebrations at the end of the match, Mourinho was careful not to clarify that his side are not champions yet. “The celebration is because they [United] have everything to win that game and the result is because of the work they did all week to prepare for this game”, he said.
Football panellists have predicted that the two managers known to have big ego’s and bold views could spark off the next Mourinho vs Ferguson managerial rivalry.
Having moved 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table following their home win, Chelsea are nearly at the finish line. Mourinho, however, continues to play down talk of his side having almost won the title; “There are no ‘almosts’ in football”, he said.