Jose Mourinho cut an agitated figure as he addressed the media ahead of Manchester United’s game against Manchester City in China.
And with good reason. The Portuguese was required to carry out his press conference outside, next to the pitch at Beijing’s National Stadium, because the original room was too small and too hot.
To make matters worse, he was faced with one of the most ridiculous questions he’s ever heard in his managerial career to date.
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A flock of journalists surrounded the United manager as he discussed City, Pep Guardiola and the poor condition of the pitch his players are expected to play on tomorrow.
Standard questions. Mourinho is a journalist’s dream in that he will treat positing and inquisitive questions with equally interesting answers.
But ask the 53-year-old something completely uninteresting and he won’t fail to hide his complete and utter disdain.
So when he was asked if he was happy that Portugal won Euro 2016, his response was filled with derision.
Are you happy that Portugal won Euro 2016?
“Another brilliant question,” he sarcastically quipped. “Are you expecting me to say no?”
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For a start, it’s been exactly two weeks since Portugal beat France in the final of Euro 2016. A lot has happened since then that the journalist could have inquired about, including Anthony Martial’s shirt saga, speculation surrounding Bastian Schweinsteiger’s future and Zlatan Ibrahimovic linking up with his new teammates today.
Secondly, Mourinho posted a response on Instagram after Eder’s goal helped Portugal win their first international tournament, clearly expressing his delight at the national team’s success.
Mourinho posted an image of himself clutching a Portugal scarf with the message: “If you want to visit the country of the european champions visit PORTUGAL.”
The journalist must have missed it.
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