Mourinho Explains His 2015 Bust-Up With Matic
Jose Mourinho Explains His 2015 Bust-Up With Nemanja Matic
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has finally explained what caused his bust-up with Nemanja Matic at Chelsea two years ago.
During a match between the Blues and Southampton in 2015, Mourinho brought the player on as a second-half substitute, but surprisingly took him off again after just 30 minutes.
The Portuguese tactician has now revealed he did this because he felt Matic was not performing to the best of his ability, and although the player was upset at the time, he later understood Mourinho's decision.
"I cannot say I have had better guys in my career," Mourinho told the Sunday Times.
"The press wants a story, the press wants blood. My blood, or his blood, or both.
"He was really sad. I was also sad because it's not something nice and it's something I did only twice in my career.
"But the next day he comes to see me and he says, 'I'm not happy, but it's my fault. I'm not happy with what you did to me, but it's my fault, because the way I was playing I can understand the change. So let's keep going.'"
Mourinho was fired just weeks after that match, but insisted there was never any ill feelings between him and Matic.
"We didn't keep going for a long time because a few weeks later I was sacked," he continued.
"But, again, he was one of my guys, was one of the guys that we kept close during these years even not working together.
"So I know that the big man is there, even with more maturity."
The Serbian reunited with Mourinho at Old Trafford during the recent transfer window, after reportedly asking to leave Chelsea.
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