Jose Mourinho's bizarre actions during Man United flight left players impressed

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Jose Mourinho's start to life as Manchester United manager couldn't have gone much better.

His summer signings have had an immediate impact at Old Trafford and, ahead of tomorrow's Manchester derby, the Portuguese manager boasts a 100 percent record through his first four competitive games.

Unlike under Louis Van Gaal, the United squad seems to have rallied behind Mourinho from the outset, and one extraordinary story in the Daily Mail today might explain why that has been the case.


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In an in-depth piece looking at the impact both Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have had since taking their respective jobs in Manchester this year, the Mail revealed one incident early on in his reign that is a perfect example of the ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid manager's ability to make himself popular wherever he goes.

Man of the people

Apparently, with the Red Devils flying out to China for their pre-season tour, Mourinho gave up his seat in business class because the rest of his backroom staff were flying in economy on the long-haul flight.

The 53-year-old was even found sleeping on the floor of the Airbus A300 later on in the flight having given up his comfy seat. You can't quite imagine LVG doing that can you?

Although some of Manchester United's big names weren't on the flight, it apparently left an impression on those players who were.

"The players were in first class but word quickly got around what he’d done," a source told the Mail.

"They could see there were no airs and graces about the new manager and that really impressed them."

It wasn't a ground-breaking sacrifice from Mourinho, but it showed that he wasn't going to treat himself as above the rest of the staff and players at United, and it clearly played a part in the squad rallying behind him.


The United boss' man-management and close bond with his players has long been cited as one of the reasons for his success.

His ability to interact with players on their own level, rather than remaining aloof in his management role, has been praised by numerous members of former squads.

However, while it has played a part in creating a positive atmosphere at Old Trafford in the early weeks of the season, the question is how long can Mourinho and co. maintain their honeymoon period.

United will face their toughest test of the campaign so far when they welcome Manchester City tomorrow afternoon.

If Mourinho is able to mastermind a victory against Pep Guardiola and the blue half of Manchester, his apparent glowing reputation amongst his own squad will only increase.

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