The talk this week has been about the Manchester derby and how both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola reacted to the result. According to Paul Scholes, when he was a player Jose Mourinho was ‘always gracious’ ‘whatever the result’.
Scholes’ comments are from his 2011 book ‘My Story’, and he said : “It might surprise some people to read that most of the United players quite liked Jose Mourinho. True, there was a certain arrogance about him which in another man you would despite, writing him down as a big headed so-and-so.
“But somehow the way in which Mourinho made his pronouncements – often outrageous but always shot through with his own brand of supreme confidence – made them acceptable, and sometimes entertaining.
“Whatever else us said about him, we always found him gracious after our games with Chelsea, whatever the result. He would always shake the hands of the United players and although there was never time for a proper conversation, I got the impressive of a personable guy.”
Mourinho has been the manager of the two Manchester clubs who has come in for the majority of the criticism this week but Scholes’ comments suggest that the Portuguese is more dignified than the press would have us believe.