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‘Student’ Clement to face ‘professor’ Mourinho

Paul Clement says working with Jose Mourinho was “brilliant”

Paul Clement faces a man he once regarded as “the professor” when he takes his Swansea City side to face Manchester United on Sunday.

The 45-year-old says he was “in awe” of United manager Jose Mourinho when the Portuguese took charge of Chelsea, while he was Fulham’s Under-18 coach.

The duo later worked together when Clement – who was appointed Swansea manager in January – took a job at Chelsea’s academy.

“It was brilliant for me,” he said.

“He was the professor and I was the student.”

Swansea travel to Old Trafford (12:00 BST) three points adrift of safety with four games remaining.

Clement said he had learned a lot from Mourinho, who he said kept players and staff on their toes.

He added: “You were never quite sure where you stood with him.

“He created a distance between people. He was very strong on the psychological side, on managing people – both players and staff.”

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