Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'My Players Have to Motivate Themselves'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'My Players Have to Motivate Themselves'

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JOSE Mourinho insists Manchester United's players cannot always rely on him for motivation ahead of matches.

Mourinho's man-management has hugely improved the harmony among the squad at United's Carrington training complex after Louis van Gaal's rigid and robotic approach.

The Portuguese's motivational skills have helped him win titles at every major club he has managed since his breakthrough at Porto 13 years ago, but Mourinho has told his players they need to be self- critical if they are to improve.

"It's more about people's nature," Mourinho told Uefa at their coaching conference last month. "It's who you are and I always felt that it was my biggest motivation. When you need external sources of motivation, you are not so strong as you can be. External sources of motivation are exactly that - external sources. …

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