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Mourinho thrives while fighting people

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Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal believes that Jose Mourinho thrives in a fight against other people and believes that he shares similarities with his counterpart

Carvalhal’s side are set to travel to Old Trafford for their Premier League encounter against Manchester United next Saturday with the Welsh side looking to maintain their status in top division for next season.

Mourinho has recently found himself at the receiving end of criticism for his style of management, but Carvalhal has defended his compatriot and insisted that the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan coach simply has a more confrontational approach to his style of management.

“I like Mourinho and he knows that I like him. I studied him. I spent a week at Manchester United when Alex Ferguson was there, then a week watching Mourinho at Chelsea. I also went to Real Madrid.” said Carvalhal, according to Sky Sports.

“I tried to learn with the best. He has a big self-confidence, like I do. You need that. But he is a completely different personality to me. He likes confrontation. He likes to fight with people. And he’s very good when he is fighting.

“I am completely different. I like to keep far away from the fight. I like to win, but, if someone tries to fight with me, they will find they are fighting with themselves.

“If a club sacks me one day, the next morning, I feel sorry for them because they have lost a good manager.

“My background is strong, in knowledge – in both theory and practice. I know I have experience and I’m completely ready for everything.”

Heading into the encounter against United, Swansea are only just three points outside the relegation zone. Meanwhile, United currently have a nine point lead over fifth place Chelsea in the battle for a spot in the top four.