Jose Mourinho has over the cause of his career made several famous and controversial statements. None of those statements became peculiar to him as that of his maiden press conference in English football, where he proclaimed himself as the special one.
A proven winner without doubt, Mourinho made an impressive start to his coaching career with Lisbon side Benfica before joining União de Leiria. His first major success came during his tenure at Porto, where he won all major trophy in Portuguese football including his first UEFA Champions League trophy in 2004. A victory which culminated in his departure to Chelsea Football Club.
Saddle with the responsibility of placing The Blues among the elite clubs in England, Mourinho embrace this new challenge with open hands. On his first Chelsea press conference to announce his appointment as Chelsea manager, the Portuguese made his famous special one statement.
“Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one. We have top players and sorry if I’m arrogant, we have a top manager.” Jose Mourinho 2004
Mourinho went on to prove he is a top manager winning all major trophy in English football before a turbulent relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich resulted in him leaving for Italian side Inter Milan.
A second Champions League trophy came at Inter Milan. He also won all major trophy in Italian football before leaving for Real Madrid. By the end of a challenging tenure at Real Madrid, The Special One had made history as the first coach to win all major trophy in four different European Leagues.
After a sour end to his reigns in Madrid with various clashes with the Spanish press, Spanish Football Federation and even within Real Madrid, he returned to England for a second spell with Chelsea. He won the league in his second season but a poor start to 2015/16 season ended his second spell with Chelsea.
Manchester United quest for success and stability in the post Ferguson era led United to Mourinho, who was appointed as a successor to the departing Louis van Gaal his former boss. The 55–year old had a productive first season with The Red Devils winning three trophies including the Europa League securing Champions League football in the process.
Mourinho second season with United ended with the Manchester side finishing second in the League. A great improvement to the previous year 6th place finish. Despite improvement in their league position United finished the season without a trophy, with Mourinho game tactics severally called into question. The Portuguese was accused of playing a very defensive minded game, the peak which was after their elimination in the Champion League by Sevilla.
Much was expected from his side this season, but a lackluster start to the season as put his team under serious scrutiny. The players lack of motivation, couple with various fracas within the team is telling in their below par performances. And with results increasingly not going United way. Should the Old Trafford faithful put an end to his reigns or can The Special One prove he is really special by reviving United season?