It’s not looking all that good for Jose Mourinho at the moment, is it?
The once universally-heralded Special One is feeling the heat at Man United after their 3-0 defeat to Spurs on Monday, which ended with the Portuguese manager – not for the first time – losing his cool with the media.
But it doesn’t matter how angry or threatened Mourinho feels, he simply can’t escape the gravity of United’s recent results and their style of play.
Losing 3-0 at Old Trafford marks his biggest ever home defeat as a manager – at any club, in any competition – while United’s start to the season is the worst they’ve had for 25 years.
So with that in mind, we suspect that Mourinho and everyone associated with United feels pretty bad right now.
But it’s not like he hasn’t been on the receiving end of a fair drubbing before, is it?
We’ve decided to look back at seven times Mourinho has suffered a humiliatingly heavy defeat (it doesn’t happen too often, after all) and the various ways he dealt with it afterwards.
Middlesbrough 3-0 Chelsea – 2006
Back in the mid-2000s, defeat for Mourinho was a rare occurrence.
His Chelsea team – backed by the riches of Roman Abramovich – was simply formidable and stormed to the Premier League title in 2004–05 and 2005–06.
That second title was particularly eye-catching, as the Blues won 15 of their opening 16 games to basically seal the thing by January. Well, so we all thought, anyway.
It was all plain-sailing until February, when the Blues suffered a shocking 3-0 defeat to Boro which threatened to dislodge their before-then flawless campaign and dishing out Mourinho’s worst defeat as a manager at the time.
It wasn’t so much a case of Steve McLaren tactically out-witting Mourinho, more that the raw strength and brilliance of Yakubu proved to be too much for Chelsea’s defence.
Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid – 2010
We’re fairly sure Mourinho would like his time in Madrid to be well forgotten.
Sure, he won the Copa del Rey in his first season and La Liga in his second, but we’ll always think of his stint at the Bernabeu for his numerous player fall outs and this fairly shocking defeat to Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.
In his first El Clasico as Madrid’s manager, Mourinho’s side lost 5-0 to the likes of Lionel Messi, David Villa and Xavi at the Nou Camp. It doesn’t get much worse than that, does it?
Chelsea 2-4 Bradford – 2015
We’ve gotta admit, Mourinho’s second season during his second spell at Chelsea was almost boringly efficient.
Diego Costa bulled his way to the top of the scoring charts, Cesc Fabregas proved to be a midfield dynamo once again and Terry and Gary Cahill ruled the roost in defence.
But there was one moment in January that foreshadowed the Blues complete collapse the following season, and weirdly enough it was against League One’s Bradford City.
Playing at home, Chelsea somehow squandered a two-goal lead after 40 minutes to lose 4-2 to the Bantams.
Leicester 2-1 Chelsea – 2015
On the surface, this result doesn’t exactly look all that bad, does it?
But losing to Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester – during the season they finished up as the surprise Premier League champions, no less – proved to be the end of Mourinho’s time at Chelsea.
Despite being reigning Premier League champions at the time, the defeat to Jamie Vardy’d Foxes meant the Blues were just a point off the relegation zone in 16th place.
Certainly the best revenge for Ranieri over his old foe.
Dortmund 4-1 Real Madrid – 2013
Robert Lewandowski scored four against Mourinho’s hapless Madrid side to deny him passage to the Champions League final for the third season running.
Even off the back of Mario Gotze’s decision to move to Bayern, Jurgen Klopp’s heavy metal side were still no match for Real.
After the game, Mourinho said: “When I lose and I don’t deserve to lose, for me it is a drama. When I lose and I deserve to lose, it’s a situation that I accept.”
Chelsea 4-0 Man United – 2016
Perhaps best remembered for the whispering between the managers at full-time, Mourinho was humiliated on his return to Stamford Bridge by Antonio Conte – who used the 4-0 win to help springboard the Blues Premier League title that season.
Conte’s side led after just 30 seconds when Pedro strolled through United’s lightweight defence (some things haven’t changed, then?) and by the time N’Golo Kante slotted home Chelsea’s fourth, there was chants from the crowd to Mourinho: “You’re not special anymore!”
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