When appearing in an ITV documentary on Jose Mourinho back in 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson was asked if he felt his old rival sometimes goes too far with his contentious actions.
"I don't think you can change what you are. I think you are what you are. It's only helped the team's he's managed," he insisted.
Yet after another league defeat for his stuttering Chelsea side at Upton Park - their fifth in just ten league games - in fact, maybe Ferguson's thoughts on Mourinho are mistaken.
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Because it is difficult to envisage Chelsea getting out of this sorry mess when their manager continues to pick fights with everyone in his sight.
On Saturday, it was John Moss. Three weeks ago it was Robert Madley, along with the humiliation of Nemanja Matic, a man that was chief for his champions last season. Roman Abramovich was publicly challenged too.
But maybe it was the very first victim of Mourinho's abrasive manner that has caused this alarming slump.
His tyrannical treatment of Eva Carneiro after their opening day draw with Swansea led to a public backlash, and with the club doctor reported to be a popular figure within the Chelsea dressing room, perhaps her absence is a factor in Mourinho losing the confidence of his players.
Many of them have come out and backed him publicly, however, it would not be so much of a revelation if these players were solely coinciding with a Mourinho propaganda technique to cover up the issues they have behind closed doors.
Part of Chelsea's make-up last season on their way to becoming champions was their solidity and unity. Of course, it's hard to win a title on sheer organisation alone, and the Blues had their fair share of flair in Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Willian and Diego Costa.
Yet they were just so tough to beat. In fact, only two teams managed it in the league last season before they were crowned champions.
Puzzling then, that five months after they lifted the title, and just under three months into their defence of it, Chelsea have had more defeats in the league than they managed in the entirety of the last campaign.
The fifth at Upton Park saw Mourinho and a member of his coaching staff sent to the stands after complaining about Matic's dismissal on the stroke of half-time.
And now it seems like we're just waiting for the customary Jose Mourinho remark that will probably offend someone and land himself in hot water. He has picked up on the FA's decision to not punish Arsene Wenger for calling referee Mike Dean "weak and naive", and it appears Mourinho will continue to use the remark as a swipe at both the FA and his adversary Wenger.
The Special One's latest Machiavellian movement will be tricky for the FA to punish knowing that Wenger escaped any repercussions, though you get the feeling he is waiting for a sanction almost in thirst.
It will be another opportunity to create the "Us vs The World" mentality amongst his squad, Mourinho's very own social imperialism tactic that has often been a factor in his various successes.
Yet this continuous controversy he exerts will not help him in his quest to enjoy long term success with one club. He is yet to remain in a job for longer than three years, and maybe Mourinho needs to adopt more of a stable, rational approach than he is used to in order to keep a squad motivated and an owner content for longer. Perhaps the politics behind the scenes that go with his management mentally tire his players after a few years.
For now, Mourinho can count himself fortunate there are limited options available for Chelsea if they were indeed thinking of replacing him.
Nevertheless, the Special One has to find a solution to his side's collapse and revive them before there are no options other than to sack him. A feat he is yet to prove he can achieve, even in his colourful career to date.
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