Tom Mallows has missed Jose Mourinho. But, for a few weeks at least, he’s back!
So expect plenty of back page headlines both before and after the Inter v United Champions League match. The journos will no doubt try an extract every last drop of Mourinho gold before he flies off back to Serie A.
Here is a look back into the Jose archives, and a taster of what we will be reading in the next few weeks:
“Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.”
The all-time classic.
“If I wanted to have an easy job… I would have stayed at Porto – beautiful blue chair, the Uefa Champions League trophy, God, and after God, me.”
Is Jose the second coming?
“For me, pressure is bird flu. I’m feeling a lot of pressure with the problem in Scotland. It’s not fun and I’m more scared of it than football.”
Jose will solve all the world’s problems!
“Young players are a little bit like melons. Only when you open and taste the melon are you 100% sure that the melon is good.”
Michael Mancienne still hasn’t recovered.
“The style of how we play is very important. But it is omelettes and eggs. No eggs – no omelettes! It depends on the quality of the eggs. In the supermarket you have class one, two or class three eggs and some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. So when the class one eggs are in Waitrose and you cannot go there, you have a problem.”
Fresh from the Eric Cantona school of ambiguous press conferences , “when seagulls follow the trawler…..”
“I don’t think I have a naive team. They are naive because they are pure and they are clean. We don’t have divers, we don’t have violent people.”
Didier Drogba anyone?
“You know during the game (United v Inter) it is going to be a real war. But afterwards there is always happiness and we share some time together. I don’t want that to change, no matter who wins or loses.”
Jose and Fergie sharing some “happiness” together? Doesn’t bear thinking about…..