Mourinho, who had an on-going feud with Paul Pogba as well as other stars at Old Trafford, compared modern day players to Didier Drogba.
Chelsea’s former striker was signed from Marseille by Mourinho in 2004 and the Portuguese purred over his attitude.
He said: “Drogba is the kind of player – or was the kind of player – that more pressure from the manager [meant] more quality in his performance.
“He’s a mature man, not a spoiled man. He’s a man that everything in his life he had to fight a lot for.