‘Mourinho one of the greatest ever, a miracle’

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Slaven Bilic takes his struggling West Ham side to Old Trafford on Sunday and spoke of his admiration for his counterpart’s impressive home record throughout his career.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho is a “miracle” for his achievements in management, according to West Ham counterpart Slaven Bilic.

The Portuguese’s Manchester United side welcome Bilic’s struggling Hammers to Old Trafford on Sunday trailing Premier League leaders Chelsea by nine points with just 12 games played.

But Bilic insists Mourinho remains “one of the greatest”, noting the former Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid manager’s record of losing just 10 of 263 home games throughout his managerial career.

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“Jose Mourinho is one of the greatest,” Bilic told reporters.

“Statistically at home, there is probably no one better. But it’s hard to stay at that standard and maybe that has dropped now. But only if you are comparing with his percentage from before.

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“But it’s impossible to maintain that for such a long period. It was a miracle that he maintained that for ten years.”

West Ham sit one point above the relegation zone following last Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Tottenham, while United come into the game off the back of a comfortable 4-0 win over Feyenoord in the Europa League.

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