Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says the players appreciate Jose Mourinho’s man-management.
Herrera admits the players know Mourinho deliberately takes on the media himself so to ease the pressure on his players during difficult times.
Comparing Mourinho with Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, he told Panenka: “Mourinho is another. You can talk about everything with him and he is much closer with the players than it appears in front of the media.
“He assumes that role to remove some of the pressure from the players and to protect the team.”
Herrera played for Valverde at Athletic Bilbao.