Jose Mourinho aims thinly veiled dig at Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino's styles

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One month on from his unceremonious sacking as Manchester United manager and Jose Mourinho continues to make headlines.

Mourinho, who has been linked with a second spell at Real Madrid recently, returned to television screens on Thursday night as he made an appearance on beIN SPORTS as a pundit.

But due to a clause in his previous contract with United, the Portuguese was unable to directly speak about his former employers.


A lot of questions remain unanswered about Mourinho's time in Manchester and the way his relationship with the club deteriorated during his final few months.

However, in typical fashion, he still managed to cause a stir by suggesting United aren't ready for modern football and taking a sly swipe at Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino.

Mourinho's defensive style of play has been slammed over the past few years and compared to the more exciting systems used by Klopp at Liverpool and Pochettino at Tottenham.

Both clubs have arguably overtaken United this season but Mourinho reckons it's easy to play well every week and not win silverware.

Furthermore, he believes younger managers such as Klopp, 51, and Pochettino, 46, need to change their approach to management if they're going to replicate his success.

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"One thing is image, another thing is communication, another is a good structure behind and another thing is to win and get good results," explained Mourinho, per the Telegraph.

"It's very easy to play 'well' and not win. It's very easy to be behind a certain idea of a certain football without results.

"The people win and the people that win consistently, because you can win isolated and then disappear, have a different idea about that.

"If you speak about [Pep] Guardiola, about [Carlo] Ancelotti, about the ones in which I belong that have a career of victories for a long, long period, where are the young ones in terms of a real impact of results? Where are they?


"My wish is the ones that are starting, that are the beginning of their career, like I was a few years ago, like Pep was, like Ancelotti was - everybody went through the same process - I hope they transform their image and their reputation in results.

"That's what stays, that's what stays forever and makes you belong to a certain level."

Mourinho has won 25 trophies throughout his managerial career at some of the world's biggest clubs with a philosophy that he knows works, regardless of whether it's attractive or not.

Klopp and Pochettino, on the other hand, play much nicer football but only have five trophies between them - and they all belong to Klopp.

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