Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho says he’s worried about the “Nuclear threat” that the BBC African Footballer Of The Year, Mohamed Salah carries, ahead of their Premier League clash on Sunday (today).
Salah played under Mourinho at Chelsea, but his initial spell in the Premier League failed to catch fire and the former Basel man moved to Serie A. He returned last season, joining Liverpool for £36.9million following spells with Fiorentina and Roma.
“He was psychologically not adapted, coming directly from a small club in Switzerland [Basel] to a big club in the Premier League.
“It was too much. I remember I played him at White Hart Lane and at the Etihad and it was too much for him.
“Now he plays everywhere against any team – he can go to Barcelona, can go to Madrid and he plays like, ‘I am Mo-Mo Salah and I am afraid of no one and nobody'.
“He is a fantastic player, completely different from the potential player we bought from Basel to Chelsea.
“He was a projective player and now he is one of the best players in the world.
“I think the fact that I know him does not help me because I knew the projective player and now he is a top player,” Mourinho said.
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