Yeovil Town were soundly beaten by Manchester United on Friday night, with Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku all contributing to a 4-0 victory.
While much of this will come down to the gulf in talent between the two sides, it must also be pointed out that Jose Mourinho is a manager who drills his teams expertly before every game.
His will to win each and every clash is evidenced by his body language on the sideline and the almost methodical way United go about breaking teams down.
Speaking after his side’s defeat, Yeovil boss Darren Way outlined just how well versed Mourinho was in his affairs.
“He knew everything about me. He obviously did his homework. It wouldn’t have surprised me if he’d known my children’s names.”
Yeovil manager Darren Way says of chat with Mourinho: 'He knew everything about me. He obviously did his homework. It wouldn't have surprised me if he'd known my children's names'
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The Glovers manager also explained just how much of an honour it was to test himself against a coach of Mourinho’s calibre.
“To share that moment with him was special,” Way told The Independent.
“I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.”
United now move on to their final clash this January – Tottenham away on Wednesday night – before a huge month in terms of judging Mourinho’s side’s progress this February with their last 16 first leg clash against Sevilla on the horizon.