Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told France Football that a new-found maturity and control of his emotions has made him a better manager, and he no longer obsesses over results as he did earlier in his career.
Mourinho, who has been in trouble with the Football Association on several occasions already this season, following incidents that took place in games against West Ham, Liverpool and Burnley.
Long nicknamed “The Special One,” Mourinho, when asked what he has become since taking over United, replied: “I would say, ‘The Calm One.’
“Everyone expected me to be a problem. But the only problem I’ve had up till now is when I kicked a bottle of water in front of me (against West Ham in reaction to Pogba being booked). I was sent to the stand and had to pay a fine for that.
“That’s my problem: when I’m a little bit frustrated, I kick bottles. But it’s my only outburst since my arrival eight months ago. So, I have become ‘The Calm One.’ Having said that, perhaps tomorrow I’ll get sent off.”
The United boss also said he remains as ambitious as ever in his pursuit of success, but he is now able “transmit” calm to his squad.
“Mourinho the man tries to be the opposite of what the manager is,” he said. “He tries to be discreet, calm. Find a way to disconnect.
“I can go home and not watch a football game, not think about football. I can do it. At the beginning of my career, I could not. I was constantly connected, 24 hours a day. I had to find a form of maturity.
“Today, I feel good with my personality as a man. I have matured, I am more peaceful. A victory no longer represents the Moon, and a defeat hell.
“I believe that I am able to transmit this serenity to those who work with me, to my players. I have the same ambitions as before. The same involvement, the same professionalism, but I’m more in control of my emotions.”