Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho are two very successful managers, but they certainly have a very different persona.
While Van Gaal comes across as a very serious man, Mourinho often shows his lighter side with the media and his players.
And it’s that aspect of Mourinho’s personality that has surprised Jesse Lingard.
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The 23-year-old believes that the Special One has already created a bond between his players due to his fun approach to training.
Having said that, the midfielder admits that the former Chelsea boss still works the players hard during every session.
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The funny one
“He’s the main coach and the main manager,” he said, per the Mirror.
“He takes all the sessions and, while he wants us to work hard, he is always cracking jokes and having banter with the players.
“I thought he’d be very strict but, even though he works us hard and his mind is always on the job at all times, he also has a joke with the players.
“I think that has helped the lads bond with him.
“He has that presence and aura about him, but you can still speak to him about anything and he will always try to help.”
Lingard has certainly started life under Mourinho promisingly. The Englishman scored a wonderful individual goal against Leicester in the Community Shield last weekend as United kicked off their new era with a trophy.
But it wasn’t Mourinho’s first win as manager of the Red Devils. That came in his very first fixture, a friendly against Wigan. Despite it being a pre-season match, Lingard revealed just how happy his manager was following the 2-0 victory.
“Yeah, he is definitely excited,” he said. “Even after the win at Wigan, he was buzzing about the win, with it being his first game.”
Aiming for the title
Having won league titles with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid - as well as numerous cup competitions - Mourinho will be desperate to do the same at the Theatre of Dreams.
However, with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal to contend with, he is going to have a tough job to return United back to the summit of English football.
That isn’t going to stop Mourinho, and his side, of aiming to become champions, though.
"He wants to do everything he can to help us be successful,” Lingard said.
“If you look at what he’s done over the years and the teams he’s managed, he’s obviously won a lot of trophies. Hopefully we can help him get a trophy in his first season.
“We want to be in the Champions League, of course, but our focus is on the title.”