After a poor result for Manchester United on Boxing Day as they drew 2-2 at home to Burnley, Jose Mourinho employed his usual tactic to try and deflect away from the game by creating an alternative story in the media.
He complained that the £300million he has spent on his squad was not enough and that apparently the pressure and expectation to win the Premier League is greater at Old Trafford than it is for the likes of Manchester City and his former club Chelsea.
Tell that to ever-growing list of managers sacked by the Blues since 2003 for the failing to do just that, Mourinho included. Twice.
His statements followed on from recent comments about to defeat to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup. They were lucky and United had been dealt an unfair hand by the festive fixture list, he said. Lucky was repeated seven times.
Mourinho also said that Manchester City’s players are uneducated after the brawl between dressing rooms after the Manchester derby that was reportedly caused by the Portuguese complaining about the away team making too much of a commotion as they celebrated down the corridor.
Did he forget the knee slide he launched himself into as he beat Sir Alex Ferguson in the Champions League as Porto manager in 2004 or his famous march across the Camp Nou pitch as Inter knocked Barcelona out of the same competition in 2010?
Of course not. To an extent, these contradictions are all part of the trick. He deflects blame and makes excuses because it works. People react.
As a Chelsea supporter this is something I am very familiar with. However, let me say on record that most of us will always be grateful to Mourinho for what he delivered for us at Stamford Bridge.
There will always be a place in my heart for the Portuguese but if I have learned anything in life it is perhaps that love is blind and that when it comes to football, supporters crave winning trophies at the expense of almost anything.
It has been a salutary experience watching him at United. It was tempting to be bitter and vitriolic about his apparently inevitable move to a rival, but with a rational head on, he is a professional manager, one of the best in the world and after all Chelsea had dispensed with his services.
Ever since, many of us have been watching with a wry smile on our face as patterns of behaviour that we once saw as a defiant attempt to build a ‘them against us’ mentality repeat themselves, and from a different perspective we see his antics for what they are.
There is no doubt that Jose Mourinho comes with a lot of baggage. He is high maintenance. A trophy partner. The stunner who your rivals all covet, who makes you feel 10 foot tall and look a million dollars when you take them out for the evening.
However he comes with a price and clears out your bank account and exhausts all your credit cards, prangs your high performance car and blames it on you, the car or both.