Manchester United dropped their first points in the Premier League this season drawing 2-2 at Stoke City, in a game that saw Nemanja Matic put in another excellent performance.
Matic, I cannot say that I had better guys than him in my career
Jose Mourinho told reporters about his Serbian midfielder, before sharing a special story regarding the former Chelsea player that has stuck with the Portuguese manager ever since.
He has with me something which marks forever, which was a match where he was on the bench, I play him minute 45 and I took him off minute 70, 75. The press wants a story, the press wants blood. My blood, or his blood, or both
Mourinho remembered (a Chelsea match).
He was really sad. I was also sad because it’s not something nice and it’s something that I did only twice in my career. But the next day he comes to me and he says, ‘I’m not happy, but it’s my fault. I’m not happy with what you did to me, but it’s my fault, because the way I was playing I can understand the change. So let’s keep going
the Manchester United manager shared, talking about his special connection with Matic.
We didn’t keep going for a long time because a few weeks later I was sacked. But again he was one of ‘my guys’, was one of the guys that we kept close during these years even not working together. So I know that the big man is there, even with more maturity
Mourinho also said.