Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

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Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford, at some point Jose Mourinho has had issue with all of those Manchester United players.

Hazard indicated at the end of last season that he was considering his future at Chelsea, but he eventually made a decision to continue at Stamford Bridge for the current campaign.

Speaking warmly of the Portuguese, Hazard must be experiencing some sense of déjà vu when news of Mourinho's latest escapade at Manchester United breaks into the public domain.

Yet, offer Hazard the chance to work with Jose Mourinho again and he would jump at the opportunity.

"After the title, we asked Mourinho for extra holidays".

During Mourinho's final months at Chelsea, Hazard's form was held up as emblematic that he struggles to bring the best out of players who are creative, but the Belgian has taken responsibility for his own shortcomings.

After HLN questioned the comment, Hazard explained why Mourinho is such a great manager to work under.

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Admitting that he himself should have performed better during that annus horribilis for the club, we await Mourinho's reply with bated breath. Then he is a friend of yours - you can do whatever you want (laughs).

"That's why I want to go, maybe", he said.

"Mourinho's image of an extremely defensive coach isn't completely right", Hazard said. We had a team to get a lot of prizes, but we just ended up in a negative spiral.

It's a fascinating insight into Mourinho's management and Hazard's words appear to strike a resonance with his current situation at United.

Pogba had urged Mourinho to adopt a more attacking approach at Old Trafford.

Hazard concedes that Mourinho is quick to turn on his players if results are not going his way, but insists that when his sides are winning there is no better coach.

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