From Iker Casillas to Bastian Schweinsteiger, a look at Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho's run-ins with star players
Even as rumours abound of there being trouble between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba, here's a look at some of the high-profile stars who have fallen out with the Portuguese manager
It is hardly surprising that Jose Mourinho has ruffled the feathers of quite a few big names during his career so far. After all, the Portuguese manager is not someone who is afraid of having a go at his players and telling them what he really thinks of them. So what if that attitude has led him to losing control, and the respect, of the dressing room at clubs like Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Now, Mourinho is in danger of losing the dressing room at another footballing giant, Manchester United. He has taken on a few United players in recent weeks, calling them 'childish and immature'. Paul Pogba, United's most expensive signing to date, is the latest star to have crossed swords with the 55-year-old manager, if reports in the British press are to be believed. Well, Pogba is by no means the first to fall out with the Portuguese coach.
We take a look at some of the other high-profile stars who have fallen out with Mourinho during his managerial career:
Iker Casillas (at Real Madrid)
Iker Casillas was not just the the club captain, he was Santiago Bernabeu's favourite son. Mourinho too regarded him as the best in the business when he first joined the club. However, Mourinho's final year in charge at Madrid took an ugly turn after bust-ups with the Spanish custodian during training sessions and on the field.
The Portuguese openly criticised Casillas’ performances and dropped him in favour of Diego Lopez. This bold move affected the Madrid dressing room, leading to even more altercations between the goalkeeper and other star players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos. Mourinho was sacked by president Florentino Perez while Casillas decided to stay put for two more years before moving to Porto in 2015.
Kevin De Bruyne (at Chelsea)
Another talented player to leave Chelsea during Mourinho's second spell at Stamford Bridge was Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne. Despite his attacking qualities, De Bruyne was never a part of Mourinho's plans and eventually, he was sold to Wolfsburg for cheap after a frustrating time in London. In Germany, the youngster impressed and it took no time for De Bruyne to become one of Bundesliga's best attacking players.
De Bruyne returned to England to join Manchester City in 2015 and it looks certain that he will lift the Premier League trophy in May.
Romelu Lukaku (at Chelsea)
Romelu Lukaku returned to Stamford Bridge after spending the 2013-14 season out on loan at Everton, but he was sold to the Merseyside club for cheap. Out of Mourinho's plans.
For obvious reasons, Mourinho had pinned all his hopes on in-form Diego Costa, who repaid his faith with a barrage of goals, leaving no room for a young Lukaku in the squad.
The Belgian played for West Brom and having established himself as a prolific goalscorer at Goodison Park, United boss Mourinho snatched Lukaku from under the noses of former club Chelsea, paying a hefty amount of £75 million at the start of the season.
Juan Mata (at Chelsea)
Mata joined North London giants Chelsea from La Liga side Valencia in 2011 and took no time to impress manager Andre Villas-Boas and the Stamford Bridge faithful. Unfortunately, Villas-Boas was sacked by the board after just nine months in charge. Mourinho returned to Chelsea in 2013 but Mata struggled to adapt to Mourinho's style of play. Often played out of his natural or preferred position, the Spaniard was sold to rivals Manchester United.
Mata and Mourinho were later reunited at Old Trafford and the former has now become an important player for his manager.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (at Manchester United)
After arriving at United ahead of the 2016-17 season, Mourinho started to keep Schweinsteiger, who signed for United under Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, away from the first team. The German midfielder was looked down upon, and often found himself training with the reserves last season.
Schweinsteiger wasn't even named in United's squad that season. He briefly returned in October and then in the new year before finally being sold to Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire.
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