Eni Aluko has claimed that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has a split personality, based on her encounters with him at Chelsea.
There is a large amount of pressure on Mourinho, who recently walked out of a post-match press conference demanding he deserves more ‘respect’ from the media despite losing two games out of four to start the Premier League season.
Aluko, who played 73 times for Chelsea before moving to Serie A giants Juventus, dropped hints about the temperament of the Portuguese.
She wrote in The Guardian: “Football is full of different characters but there are perhaps none who have a split personality quite like Jose Mourinho, as I can testify from personal experience.
“The mind goes back to the 2014-15 season, when Chelsea won the Premier League title during Mourinho’s second spell there.
“I had just written a column for the BBC praising Jose for bringing a spark back to the club and, as our paths crossed at the training ground at Cobham, he gave me a big hug and thanked me for the kind words.
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“There was a smile on the manager’s face and a twinkle in his eye.
“Fast forward to the following season and around the time the Eva Carneiro affair was taking hold.
“Once again Jose and I crossed paths at Cobham; he was leaving the media room as I was entering it to do some media for Chelsea TV.
“’Hi boss,’ I said as we met. Mourinho practically blanked me.
“No words this time, no pleasantries, and the type of look that screamed: ‘What are you doing here?’”