Chelsea legend Michael Essien has predicted Jose Mourinho can turn things around at Manchester United, even if it means breaking a few tea cups along the way.
Bickering and fallouts between the Portuguese manager, board and players have dominated United’s season thus far and former Chelsea and Real Madrid player, who has always had a good relationship with Mourinho, wants his old boss to prove his Old Trafford doubters wrong.
United were surprisingly dumped out of the Carabao Cup, beaten on penalties by Championship side Derby following a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford last week, but a dramatic win over Newcastle at the weekend helped ease the tension, as they now sit eighth in the league, seven points off top.
‘For me, Jose is still the same. He hasn’t changed. He still has the fighting spirit, he’s still going to work hard to change things. For me he is always the same.
‘He had a very big influence on me and we’ll always have this father and son relationship. He’s a fighter and a winner and he wants to win. Knowing him he’ll do everything to change things.
‘My time at Chelsea under Jose, I mean sometimes he goes hard on us to get the best out of us, we’d go there, go back and change things.
‘Maybe… probably things are different. At the end of the day it’s football. As a player you know if you’re not playing well. You want to go back and try to change things.
‘With me, it worked very well. Everyone is different. Players are very different, every player is very different to every other one. We’ll see how things go.’
Meanwhile with his job still in doubt, Mourinho will sit down with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in London this week before a club board meeting on Thursday.