‘I’m thankful the best manager in the world Jose Mourinho gave me a chance at Manchester United’

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Former Manchester United striker Zak Dearnley has hailed former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as the best in the world while thanking the Portuguese for giving him a chance at Manchester United.

The 22 year old striker now plays the game in League Two with Oldham Athletic.

“The best manager in the world, Mourinho, giving me a chance… is something I’m very grateful and thankful for,” Zak Dearnley told Manchester Evening News.

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Dearnley is a graduate of the Manchester United academy product but was released by the club in 2019.

He adds: “Giving me the opportunity to be on the bench and be around the first team, seeing how they prepare for Premier League games, at a young age… that was a massive experience for me and something I’ll never forget.

“Unfortunately I didn’t get on, but even just warming up, it was crazy.

“Training with the first team, to see how they prepare and what top players do before games, that’s what I’ll take away with me, seeing how they treat games. Wayne Rooney and Paul Pogba, they were just brilliant in training, you could never get the ball off them!

“It sounds daft but even just looking at what they ate before games, how strict they were, it was good. If they’re doing it, you know it’s the right thing to do.”