Former Manchester United manager José Mourinho was in the Sky Sports studio to cover our first Premier League game of the season against Chelsea.
He was impressed by new signing Harry Maguire, who picked up the man of the match award on his debut for the game, with United running out 4-0 winners.
Mourinho was sacked by United in December, but this time last year he wasn’t on good terms with Ed Woodward after the club’s executive vice-chairman failed to bring in a desire centre-back signing.
United had a shocking season defensively and finished the season in sixth, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in charge by the time the season finished.
Mourinho spoke highly of Maguire’s performance and believes he can form a formidable partnership with Victor Lindelof.
“I think he is fully deserved MOTM,” Mourinho told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News. “He was solid like a rock and as we know he is very important for the team to have that, not just the tactical know but the personality and sense of reading the game and being alert of the time. Confidence to play he was fantastic [sic].
“I think he did, he is very important. A team can be very dangerous in attack if you feel that the defensive mistake is around the corner it takes your confidence away. When you feel it something that really allows you to play. Maguire was good, Lindelof was good. As I always said Lindelof could be a good player and with Maguire they can be very good.”
Maguire was one of the defenders linked strongly with United when Mourinho was in charge, so it will be interesting to hear his views on the defender throughout the season as we’ll be seeing more of the Portuguese coach on Sky Sports this season.
He obviously didn’t see any appealing offers to return to management.
Good television guaranteed with José in the studio!