Jose Mourinho has experienced an indifferent start to life as Manchester United manager.
After spending lavishly in the summer transfer window, the United fans are yet to see consistent results on the pitch, with United faltering both domestically and in Europe.
However, the international break offers some time for club managers to get away from the stresses of the training ground.
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Over the weekend, The Special One was spotted taking in the high-quality tennis on display at the ATP World Tour Finals, where Britain’s Any Murray is looking to consolidate his position as the new world number one.
On Sunday, he witnessed a three-set thriller between precocious young talent Dominic Thiem and recently deposed number one, Novak Djokovic.
Thiem clinched an extremely competitive first set in a tie-break but won only two further games in the match as Djokovic calmly extinguished his threat.
Nevertheless, it seems as though the United boss was impressed by the young Austrian’s display.
Mourinho signed his V.I.P pass and included a personal message on the reverse, writing: “A star is born.”
High praise indeed from the two-time Champions League winning tactician.
Thiem is a long-term Chelsea fan and it was clear that the gesture from their former manager meant a lot to him.
“It was amazing to meet him. He has been a big idol to me for twelve years already, managing my big love Chelsea.”
“It was just a great pleasure to meet him and I think he really loves tennis and is really into it and a really nice guy.”
“It was straight after my match, so obviously I was a little bit down, but meeting him helped me to get back up again.”
Thiem has much to be positive about despite his defeat.
The youngster recently overcame Andy Murray in the final of the second edition of the Tie Break Tens tournament in Vienna, to claim a massive $250,000 prize.
He can now add the admiration of one of the most successful football managers of the modern era to his achievements, as his stock as an athlete rises further.
“Maybe he will see more of my matches,” Thiem added. That was a very nice present and it will get a special place in my home.”
Thiem will be hoping to fulfill his significant potential and earn a plethora of silverware over the coming years to accompany Mourinho’s gesture.
For the Portuguese, it is back to the training ground, as he prepares for the visit of Arsenal to Old Trafford in Saturday’s early kick-off.