A man who worked under the Portuguese at Inter admits that a controversial character is only happy when things are going the way of his side
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is always looking for enemies, says Thiago Motta, and “if he doesn’t have one, he’ll create one”.
The Portuguese has been a controversial presence on the touchline throughout his coaching career, with mind games considered to be an important part of his arsenal.
A siege mentality has often brought the best out of those at his disposal, with Mourinho often at his most dangerous when his back is against the wall and he has to come out fighting.
Motta experienced those qualities at close quarters during a productive spell at Inter and has seen little to suggest that a man now in charge at Old Trafford has changed his ways.
The former Italy international, who is cutting his coaching teeth with Paris Saint-Germain’s U-19 side, told Gazzetta dello Sport of Mourinho: “He’s a winner. In his head, there’s only one goal: winning. Entertaining doesn’t interest him.
“Mourinho has two sides: one happy when he wins, one p*ssed off when he loses. His mood changes depending on the result.
“If the team plays well, but loses, he can’t find anything positive.
“But if he wins playing badly, he’s overjoyed.
“Mourinho doesn’t look for beauty, he looks for an enemy. If he doesn’t have one, he’ll create one.
“With Inter, we had an 11-point lead in the league, we lost a game and then drew one. The Monday, he held a 15 minute press conference where he attacked everyone: Galliani, Milan, Roma, the referees, Juve. He needed to refresh the atmosphere.”
Mourinho has faced plenty of criticism during the 2018-19 campaign, while reports have suggested that working relationships have become strained in and outside of Old Trafford.
Training ground spats are said to he been endured with star midfielder Paul Pogba, although those differences appear to have been resolved.
United’s outspoken boss has also irked rival coaches and fans, with a touchline tussle taken in at Chelsea before goading Juventus supporters following a Champions League win in Turin.