The Jackson Five once sang “A, B, C, easy as 1, 2, 3”, but Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho may well disagree.
Admittedly not speaking his native tongue, Mourinho stumbled over his words – or letters, rather – when attempting to use a metaphor to praise his team’s attitude after Sunday’s 3-1 win over Middlesbrough.
And Mourinho, having made sweeping changes to his starting XI, may have gotten carried away with an elaborate attempt to display his pleasure at the result, seemingly forgetting the order of the alphabet.
“[I enjoyed] the attitude, the desire and our way of thinking. We don’t have A, B, C, D, E, F and G – but we have L, M, N… S, O, P,” Mourinho told BT Sport, pausing in slight doubt mid-sentence.
It did not hamper his positive train of thought, though, as he continued: “These guys, they gave absolutely everything. We started the game well, [Middlesbrough’s Victor] Valdes made three fantastic saves before our first goal.”