Rio Ferdinand reckons that Jose Mourinho was not his usual self towards the end of his tenure at Manchester United.

Mourinho was sacked during his third season at Old Trafford. His stint as the Red Devils manager can’t be termed a total failure, but it was certainly not as successful as his stints at other clubs where he won domestic leagues as well as the Champions League.

As per Ferdinand, he never worked under Mourinho himself, but he always admired him as an opposition manager. He liked to hear him address the press when he was in charge of the other clubs because not only would he provide outstanding technical analysis of the game, he would always be cheeky with his remarks. But, more importantly, his body language was positive all the time.

However, at United, it wasn’t the same. The charisma that is so often associated with him, it went somewhere out of the window. He wasn’t really cheeky with his remarks anymore; he was actually grumpy than anything else. He didn’t seem to be in control.

“When I first saw Mourinho he was at a rival club but I loved watching him on TV, in his press conferences you would tune in and its box office. Then all of a sudden it has changed to being very miserable, downbeat and grumpy.’ Ferdinand was quoted saying on BT Sports.

Mourinho spent a little bit of time on TV as a pundit on Sky Sports after being sacked by United, but now he is back to management as he recently replaced Mauricio Pochettino as the head coach of Spurs. The Portuguese has made a tremendous start with the Spurs as he has guided them to two victories on the trot, one each in the Premier League and the Champions League.