Photography by Tom Oldham

José Mourinho

Manchester United, 2016-2018

“I play to win. If somebody gives me a wonderful, incredible, amazing 10-year contract and the objective of the team is to stay in the first part of the table… if you finish seventh or eighth or ninth, that is perfect. That is not for me”

In the fourth and final part of our exclusive series of CV Stories with José Mourinho, the only manager to have won league titles in England, Spain and Italy talks about his ‘pathological’ desire to win and his need to believe that he can compete for trophies in every job he takes.

He goes on to explain his philosophy as a coach, stressing that there is no point in being a defensively strong team unless you can also transition quickly and effectively into attack, and reflects on his willingness to adapt and be flexible in the modern game.

José Mourinho

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Making a manager

José Mourinho talks exclusively about his development as a manager and early successes with Porto, including a dramatic victory over Manchester United en route to winning the Champions League
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The Italian Job

In the third part of our exclusive series with José Mourinho, he reflects on his successful spell with Inter Milan, when he led a team featuring Diego Milito, Samuel Eto'o and Wesley Sneijder to a historic treble and his second Champions League trophy as a manager
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The Special One

In the second part of our exclusive series with José Mourinho, he tells us the story of his first spell at Chelsea, when he led a team featuring Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba to consecutive Premier League titles