Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he is a better manager now than he was at Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Mourinho won the FA Cup and Europa League last season in his first season at the helm at Old Trafford, but United failed to challenge for the Premier League title.
United could only finish sixth in the table and they were a huge 24 points behind the champions Chelsea, but Mourinho, who replaced Louis van Gaal in May 2016, thinks he has “matured” as a coach.
“I am a much better coach today, precisely because of the different control of my emotions, the way I deal with difficulties. I feel more mature,” he said.
Mourinho arrived at United to a mixed reception after being axed just seven months after winning the Premier League title with Chelsea.
Many United fans and club legend Sir Bobby Charlton were in opposition to Mourinho getting the job at Old Trafford.
Reports of fall outs with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa at Chelsea and with Cristiano Ronaldo and Iker Casillas at Real Madrid most probably hastened his exits at those clubs, but as yet his United tenure as gone well with the club back in the Champions League due to last season’s triumph in Europe.
United will face Benfica next up in the Champions League and Mourinho thinks the Portuguese side will be formidable opponents.
“The defeat suffered in Switzerland didn’t change my opinion that Benfica are our main opponent in this group stage of the Champions League,” added Mourinho.
“Benfica’s bad start in the Champions League doesn’t change the approach to the double-match that is at the door.
“They are better than CSKA and Basel.”