Monday 1 October 2018 by Andrew

Mourinho: “My mum still thinks I’m special”


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After another bruising defeat for the manager once known as ‘The Special One’, José Mourinho has hit back at critics, saying that his mum still thinks he’s special.

The Portuguese, whose stock has fallen even further following Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham, said that in an after-match phone call his mother told him to ignore everyone else as he was still her ‘pequeno especial’ or ‘little special one’.

After a torrid start to the season that already sees his team nine points behind Premier League rivals Manchester City, dumped out of the EFL Cup by Derby County, and star Paul Pogba looking for a move abroad, Mourinho’s mother sought to boost her son’s confidence.

With even United supporters now referring to their manager as ‘the mediocre one’, Mourinho’s mother told her son how special he was and to just ignore his critics, telling him, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but the chairman having Zinedine Zidane’s number on speed-dial will never hurt me”.

Mourinho’s mother may be alone in clinging to her ‘special one’ view though – she then passed the phone on to her husband, who told his son, “What are you doing playing Herrera in defence you daft twat? You’ll feel the back of my hand next time I see you. Special one? Special needs more like.”

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