11 Players Jose Mourinho Fell Out With After Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Interview

11 Players Jose Mourinho Fell Out With After Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Interview

Elijah Odetokun
updated at April 20, 2024 at 8:07 PM
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  • Jose Mourinho banished Bastian Schweinsteiger to the U16 at Manchester United
  • The German midfielder has opened up on the details of the incident with the manager
  • The Special One has a reputation of falling out with players throughout his career

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has opened up on the details of the incident that led to Jose Mourinho banishing him to the U16 before he was sold during his time at Manchester United.

Mourinho took over from Louis van Gaal and one of his first actions was to send the 2014 World Cup winner away from the first team facilities to train in the academy.

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Jose Mourinho and Bastian Schweinsteiger during Manchester United's Europa League match against St. Etienne in 2017. Photo by Christopher Lee.
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Sports Brief looks at other players the Portuguese manager fell out with in his career.

11 players Mourinho fell out with

1. Paul Pogba

Pogba was one of the players Jose clashed with at Man United over his lifestyle and lack of effort on the pitch. Per Sky Sports, they had a famous training ground spat in 2018, a few weeks before the manager was sacked. Pogba's relationship with the club and Dan's eventually turned sour before he left.

He joined Juventus in 2022. After an injury-laden first year, he was banned for four years in his second season for testing positive for high testosterone levels.

2. Dele Alli

The English midfielder claimed on the Overlap Podcast that he lost his joy under Mourinho despite it being obvious the manager was pushing him to be better. His career has nosedived since then. He went on loan at Besiktas and is currently at Everton, but he has not played since 2023.

In widespread footage from a documentary, the manager warned him that someday he would regret it if he did not make efforts to actualise his potential.

3. Anthony Martial

Per Goal, the squabble between Anthony Martial and the manager started after the French striker's number 9 was given to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he was forced to wear 11. The forward's career has nosedived since and will leave United at the end of the season as a free agent.

4. Luke Shaw

The players Jose fell out with at United could make a different story. The Portuguese had one with Luke Shaw whom he constantly bashed for his performances and fitness history. Since the departure of the manager, he has not done many worthy things at Old Trafford.

5. Marcus Rashford

In 2017, Mou bashed Martial and Marcus Rashford for their performances in the 1-0 defeat to Brighton. He claimed the players justified his decision to always play Romelu Lukaku. The two players are still at the club with the English forward signing a new bumper contract last summer.

6. Iker Casillas

The manager had issues with the World Cup-winning goalkeeper in his final season at Real Madrid. He dropped him to the bench with “technical reasons” as an explanation. He outlasted the coach but was also shipped out of Madrid in 2015.

7. Danny Rose

In the same documentary he spoke to Alli, the former Chelsea boss also had words for Danny Rose, who was hesitant and instead went on to take it up with club chairman Dani Levy. He has been without a club since September 2022.

8. Pepe

Jose's compatriot Pepe was one of the senior players he clashed with in his final season at Madrid. He preferred young centre-back Raphael Varane over the veteran, and it breed issues. At 41, he is still going strong with Porto.

9. Samuel Eto'o

Mourinho managed Eto'o at Inter Milan and Chelsea. Their time at Chelsea was short but memorable. The manager made a joke about the Cameroonian's age, sparking a debate, and the striker responded with an old man using a walking stick celebration.

10. Lorenzo Pellegrini

Per Roma Press, Jose clashed with AS Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini after he was dismissed from the club. Before he left Trigoria, he returned the ring the players gifted him on his 60th birthday to the captain's locker room, accusing him of being behind his dismissal.

11. Rick Karsdorp

The former Tottenham boss had strong words for the Dutch full-back after the 1-1 draw against Sassuolo in November 2022, and he told him to find a new club. After failing to secure a move away in January, he made peace with the manager and returned to the team.

Premier League stars who clashed with managers

Sports Brief previously analysed Premier League stars who clashed with managers after Jadon Sancho publicly fired back at Erik ten Hag's criticism of his performance.

Majority of the players on the list were Manchester United players including Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba who clashed with ten Hag and Mourinho respectively.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.