Jose Mourinho has managed many world-class players during his managerial career.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Frank Lampard, Kaka, Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba are just some of the names to have worked under the Portuguese coach.
Yet Mourinho came to realise what it’s like to work with some players not quite at that level during his time at Manchester United.
Sure, there was Paul Pogba and David de Gea. But there was also Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
Oh how Mourinho must have longed for the days when John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho were his centre-backs when he watched Jones and Smalling play.
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But the 56-year-old, who has been out of work since being sacked by Man United last December, has quickly erased the duo from his memory.
Mourinho met with LiveScore, where he was asked to name three English defenders that he has managed.
He had no problem remembering Terry and Gary Cahill. But he couldn’t recall Jones and Smalling.
It’s not even been a year yet, Jose!
He also couldn’t recall Luke Shaw, either. The left-back was often the subject of criticism from the ex-United and Chelsea manager.
Fans were laughing at Mourinho’s inability to remember either Jones or Smalling.
Smalling left Man United in the summer, joining AS Roma on a season-long loan.
And Jones may wish he too had left Old Trafford. The 27-year-old has fallen down the pecking order, failing to make a single first-team appearance this season.
The arrival of Harry Maguire from Leicester City didn’t help either of their cases.
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