There are plenty of questions being raised about just how long Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will last with the club (despite a January extension), especially considering his preseason excuses and his feuds with players like Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba. Well, after a 3-0 Premier League loss to Tottenham Monday, Mourinho decided to deliver one of his many memorable press conferences, holding up three fingers and saying that represented not only the day’s score, but also his Premier League titles (all with Chelsea, in 2004-05, 2005-06, and 2014-15), plus demanding “respect” from the journalists assembled given that he had more titles than the league’s other current managers. Here’s video from NBC’s Kyle Martino:
Just now, Jose walks out on post match press conference with this… pic.twitter.com/Cb5C9DWYeB
— Over Under Initiative (@OverUnderPlay) August 27, 2018
“Just to finish, do you know what was the result? 3-0, 3-0. Do you know what this means? 3-0, but also means three Premierships and I won more alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me and two for them. Respect, respect, respect, respect, respect.”
It’s pretty great that Mourinho is turning more and more into the Special 1 TV caricature of him:
And this particular “count the rings” line is especially funny considering that it only works thanks to the offseason exit of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who also had won three Premier League titles, but was still a general target of criticism from Mourinho:
You just know Mourinho’s been waiting to use that ‘three titles’ line for years but couldn’t until Wenger quit.
— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) August 27, 2018
Mourinho just pointed out his 3 Premier League championships in the post match press conference and asked for 'Respect' while he is the same man who called Arsene Wenger who was a 3 time Premier League champion, 'a specialist in failure'. TBF Jose deserves what he is getting now pic.twitter.com/thonh20rBe
— Nouman (@nomifooty) August 27, 2018
In any case, Mourinho’s accomplishments with Chelsea in two separate stints (2004-07, 2013-15) probably don’t mean all that much to whether he’ll be able to keep his United job for long or not. But this did at least lead to another memorable press conference from him.