Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are finally beginning to find their feet in the Premier League this season.
They may still be in sixth place, but Liverpool and Arsenal have endured a dismal run of form and Mourinho’s side are closing in on the top four.
Here’s a list of things you may not know about one of the most famous football coaches on the planet:
1 He quit college after just one day
Having given up on his playing career at the age of 23, his mother enrolled him in business school. But after his first day he decided to jack it in to pursue another career in football. Probably a wise move.
2 He was a PE teacher
Mourinho’s next step was to take a job at a school in Portugal. A former pupil was reported as saying: “Until he arrived, no girls ever wanted to do PE, but suddenly nobody was asking for a sick note.”
3 The laundry bin
In 2005, to avoid a stadium ban, Mourinho reportedly smuggled himself in and out of Chelsea’s changing room in a laundry bin so he could deliver his side’s team-talk before their Champions League quarter-final tie with Bayern Munich.
4 A true multi-linguist
Mourinho speaks six languages: English, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Catalan and French. Just don’t call him “the translator”.
5 Snubbing Newcastle
Bobby Robson tried to enlist Mourinho as his assistant when he took the Newcastle job, having struck up a relationship with him between 1992 and 1997 at Barcelona. But Jose turned him down, stating: “He told me it would be for a year, two tops, and that at the end I would be head coach. I didn’t take him up on his offer, knowing sooner or later, my time would come.”
6 He’s a George Clooney fan
Mourinho would like Hollywood A-lister George Clooney to play him if anyone ever made a movie of his life.
“If they made a film of my life,” he said, “I think they should get George Clooney to play me. He’s a fantastic actor and my wife thinks he would be ideal.”
7 He’s also obsessed with melons
Mourinho’s old foe Pep Guardiola made a peculiar comparison between Manchester City’s wonder kid Gabriel Jesus and a watermelon last week. It appears he’s not the only one. Mourinho said: “Young players are like melons. Only when you open and taste the melon are you 100% sure that the melon is good.”
8 He’s been arrested
Mourinho has had run-ins with officials plenty of times, and he even managed to have a brush with police back in 2007. Before the FA Cup final that year, he was arrested and cautioned for refusing to allow police to take his dog, Gullit, into quarantine. Mourinho reportedly smuggled the Yorkie out the back of his house, despite police believing he hadn’t had the required injections.