Angel Gomes, who coincided with Jose Mourinho’s spell at Manchester United between 2016 and 2018, has not forgotten the manager who made his first-team debut for the Red Devils, where he did all his training.
Speaking to SPORTbible, the current Lille player recalled a team dinner after his first-team debut, an FA Cup game, where he heard “Hard” for “someone special”. in front of the entire team.
“No one asked me about Mourinho before, so I had little chance to talk about him. Now that I’m older and more mature, I realize how important he is to me and my career. For the first time chance to appear [pelo Manchester United] I’ve never thanked him for that,” he said creatively at first, who represented Boavista in Portugal on loan for the 2020/21 season.
“I’ve never told this story before, but once, after I played for the under-21s, Mourinho asked me to play in the cup with the first team. We were sitting at the table and he was talking to all the players. Suddenly, he walked up to me and said, “I was fucked by you! “Everyone was laughing and I thought he was joking. I asked him why and he said my performance the day before. He must have thought I was playing badly. I don’t think I played that badly, but he’s the boss, so If he says I’m not playing well, it’s because I’m not playing well”, in fact. “Remember.
He continued: “He said to me: ‘You did this and that, but you should do this and that’. It all happened in front of the whole team. It never came from the coach. I just didn’t expect that. Surprised. I was young so I was like, ‘Fuck he hates me.’ I went to my room and called my dad. I almost cried when I talked to him.
Five years after the Mourinho incident, Angel Gomez assumes he now sees the “scratch” he finally heard from the “special one” with different eyes. “Eventually I realised what kind of person he really was. Mourinho always wanted to be the best and I think for me he was trying to convey that it wasn’t going to be an easy road. It was necessary to be in the first team. Disciplined player’, assuming ex-Boavista, revealed he wants to be coached by Mourinho again. “I would love to have him coach again because he can bring out the best players. He was passionate about the sport and cared so much. I remember Marcus [Rashford] and jessie [Lingard] Tell me that sometimes they’re alone at home and he’ll suddenly call them on FaceTime just to say hi or ask how they’re doing. For me, it’s really fun. It was these little things that revealed who he really was. “