You cannot win the title before Christmas, but it appears others are happy to concede defeat before Christmas.
Mourinho is the only manager not to and ‘happy’ is not a word to associate with him.
Invited to answer where the match was lost, his answer is,
“I’m sorry for us, I’m sorry for Michael Oliver – I think he had a good game, but clear penalty.”
“Last season we had a similar situation with Mark Clattenburg against Man City.”
“I’m sorry for Michael Oliver. The referee is a human being – he tries his best.”
“They (Man City) scored two very bad goals – unbelievable to concede. What they are good at, they were not good at – rebounds.”
How would he analyse his own team’s performance?
“We did good things, we did bad things.”
A Match of the Day pundit could not have put it better.
Leadership communication lesson
Few leaders will have the charisma or platform to be able to completely ignore a question as Mourinho does at the start of this interview. The ability though to use a question to deliver the messages you want your audience to focus on can be the difference between a good communicator and a great communicator. Mourinho’s refereeing argument may only be appreciated by the most one-eyed of Man Utd fans, but it suits his immediate purpose in re-directing attention from the limitations of his own side.