Jose Mourinho Accurately Predicted The Future: The Special One is perhaps the game’s most decorated manager ever. And he’s always been into controversies. From calling Wenger a ‘specialist in failure’ & giving crazy celebrations to hilarious battles with the press, the Portuguese have given us all the drama.
But the football fans now see him as a ‘Prophet’ given his fortune-telling skills. Here are 8 times when Jose Mourinho accurately predicted the future.
Jose Mourinho Accurately Predicted The Future
1. His prediction of Dele Ali
The Englishman, who was once destined for greatness, now appears to have disappeared from the scene. And most of the time he’s seen on the headlines page for breaking up with his girlfriend due to Fortnite obsession.
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But Mourinho had predicted Alli debacle long ago.
The Portuguese boss made a bold prediction during an honest chat with the England international in 2020
“Since the beginning I’ve had no doubts about your potential. I saw you do incredible matches and incredible things, but I always felt that you had ups and downs.”
He further said to Ali:
If in one period you are an amazing professional, in another period you become a party boy, going out, I don’t know, I have no idea, only you can know that.
Well, the chat ended with Alli saying “I understand,” but with the star now struggling in the Turkish League, it seems that he didn’t take advice more seriously from the experienced Mourinho.
2. Mourinho predicted Arsenal’s title surge under Mikel Arteta
Mourinho had a strange relationship with Arsenal, especially Arsene Wenger, with the two indulging in a fierce touchline scuffle. But it appears that the Portuguese star is an Arteta fan.
Mourinho predicted Arsenal’s stunning rise back to the top of the Premier League 3 years ago when the Gunners sat 15th. After defeating them 2-0, Mourinho said:
“Tactically, Arsenal were very good, they were very well organized, they were building with four, defending with five.
He concluded by saying that “Arsenal will be Arsenal again”
The fortune teller Jose was bang on as the Gunners are now actively competing for the title in the past two seasons.
3. Mourinho predicted Casemiro’s success
Casemiro has been a revelation for Manchester United. A functioning player who has been the bedrock of Ten Hag’s pressing tactics.
But did you know that after United’s abysmal performances against Brighton and Brentford, Casemiro called Ten Hag and ensured that he was the perfect man to steady United’s ship?
But this savior mentality dates back to his Madrid days when Mourinho predicted in 2013 that the Brazilian would rule the game.
Casemiro in an interview said that Mourinho told him:
I know you, you are good, and you are going to be the best central midfielder in the world
The rest, they say is history.
4. Jose mourinho predicts paul pogba’s pass
While the two appeared to fall out with each other by the end of Mourinho’s Manchester United chapter. But what we are about to tell you will exactly show how well Mourinho knew the French midfielder.
Jose Mourinho told his Tottenham Hotspur team exactly how Paul Pogba would play against them – proving he is still one of the world’s top tacticians.
At the time, Spurs were being filmed by the Amazon Prime cameras as part of the All or Nothing documentary.
Mourinho said in the dressing room.
”Every time Pogba has the ball, he will have the vision, he will have the quality of pass. So I can imagine Pogba from a position like that [deep right of midfield] to get the ball and to make a beautiful pass here for Marcus Rashford to go.”
And guess what this is exactly what happened as Pogba played the exact ball to Rashford, as Davinson Sanchez overlapped to challenge.
Deja Vu. Maybe!
5. Mourinho predicted Marcus Rashford wasn’t suited to a No. 9 role
The Post World Cup Rashford has come to the center stage with all guns blazing. He has now scored in 9 consecutive home matches. Well, it’s all because of a small change that has now proven wonders for the Red Devils.
Rashford has now been playing more of a winger rather than a No.9. While many of you might give credit to Ten Hag for this, its roots lie in Jose Mourinho.
The Portugues always thought that the Englishman was not the target man especially when opponents park the bus. Because in such a scenario, Rashford performs better as a winger rather than a pure striker. So Jose thought that from the side Rashford would get easily to numbers of 10-12 goals per season.
And well Rashford’s form in the past season bears witness to Mourinho’s logic.
6. Mourinho insisted that United needed a world-class center-back
Well, this was not a difficult prediction at all, especially when Harry Maguire is on your team.
Jokes aside, In the 2018 summer transfer window, just months before he was relieved of his duties, Mourinho openly fumed at the fact that he hadn’t been allowed to sign a top center-back to shore up United’s backline. United at that time was playing with Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, and Victor Lindelof. And none of them provided that defensive spark.
It was until the arrival of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez last season that the defense started looking proper again.
7. Mourinho reveals the half-time prediction that foresaw Tottenham slipping up
If you are still figuring out how Mourinho predicted Pogba’s pass to Rashfors, this will further shake you up.
At half-time in a match against Crystal Palace, Jose Mourinho revealed he predicted exactly what could happen at half-time.
He said to his players in the dressing room:
“ Guys, to control the game [against Palace] you need the ball. If you give them the chance to put balls in the box you put yourself in the line between victory and draw.”
But the prophecy of the Special One turned out right. A mistake led to a late equalizer by Palace. Just Mourinho Things!
8. Mourinho believed Scott McTominay would develop into a key player
While Mourinho was derided for his comments about his United squad, he had plenty of positivity and respect for United academy product Scott McTominay.
When nobody believed in him, it was Mourinho who gave Mctominay, a helping hand. He named Scott his own player of the year in 2018 and gave him crucial roles in Manchester derbies and Champions League football.
The 25-year-old is now a regular in midfield for both club and country, proving that Mourinho’s confidence in him was well placed.
These were the top forecasts and future insights by Mourinho. Share your thoughts in the comments below and let us know what you think!