Mourinho has been seen to be somewhat emotional in his recent interview, which seems rare in these days. The Red Devils boss has always been known to be straight-to-the-point guy and strict in his Press conferences or interview, since he joined United.
The Portuguese coach brought in Michael Essien to Stamford Bridge from Lyon back in 2015, and quickly became fans favourite and was given the nickname “The Bison” and “The Train” by Chelsea supporters, which sees Essien making over 250 appearances for the Blues.
In his three-year spell as manager, Jose Mourinho managed to bring in the Ghanaian midfielder on a loan for a season from Chelsea, where he bagged two goals, and dedicated one goal to his manager.
When asked about the former Chelsea player, Mourinho said via TalkSport:
“He was not my player, he is my son – I am his white Daddy.”
“Tell you stories? I can tell you more than stories – feelings. That’s the feeling, he is more than a player for me,” Mourinho continued with the interview at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground.
“He was probably the only one who took me to his home, to the real home. To the place he was born, to the street where he played football as a kid.
“He made me fall in love with Ghana, with Accra where he lived, because then I had a better understanding of his mentality.
“I understand why as a player he was ready for everything, he was ready to die for the fellow players, for the club, for the manager, why he was ready to play like he did for me at Real Madrid with a knee that was not a knee anymore.
“It was a destroyed knee but with that personality, that desire and that mentality he suffered, always he suffered, but always with a smile. Michael smiles a lot.
“I loved so many of my players but I think Michael would be on the podium for sure.”
Jose Mourinho’s side will to return to Premier League action on Wednesday as they will be taking on West Ham in their last two matches of the season.