Former Barcelona and Portugal ahead Deco has harassed that Jose Mourinho won’t ever change in the way in which he manages his gamers at Manchester United.
The Portuguese has overseen good progress this season, taking his crew to 81 factors within the Premier League and to an FA Cup remaining.
However there have been quite a lot of episodes this time period which have revealed the darker, extra poisonous aspect of Mourinho, comparable to his therapy of Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial, moribund tactical method in most video games, and basic perspective in press conferences – particularly his “football heritage” rant.
Talking earlier this week, Deco, who performed below Mourinho at Porto, made it clear that the boss wasn’t going to vary his methods any time quickly.
“What happens in the dressing room is that sometimes he wants to push the players,” he said. “It’s complicated to manage a big club like Man United.”
“I think he is the same. The players changed, the time has changed. Maybe today the reactions from the players are different. If Man United brings him to be a coach they knew he was like that. He puts pressure on the players, the club. He wants to win, that’s that.”
Sir Alex Ferguson informed his gamers again in 1990 fairly bluntly: “I’m not going to change.” Both you alter otherwise you’re out – that was his maxim, and all people listened.
And by way of temperament, of need and perspective and basic understanding of how finest to play the sport, he didn’t. That fieriness by no means abated, that uncooked audacity at all times there. However on the identical time the gaffer was at all times versatile, altering the form and really feel of his groups in accordance with the calls for of soccer’s concomitant evolution. That he regularly modified assistant managers was a vital side to his success. The core fundamentals remained the identical, solely with important tweaks.
Mourinho, then again, doesn’t undertake the identical alacrity to vary. Whereas Ferguson was a grasp in individuals, consistently conscious of the altering moods and attitudes of his gamers, Mourinho has, by his personal admission, struggled to see the viewpoint of others, and this will typically result in a disjunct between himself and gamers which frequently sows the seeds for an implosion.
Maybe the departure of Rui Faria and subsequent lack of a proper hand man, mixed with the addition of Michael Carrick to the teaching workers, might go some solution to addressing that this time round.