Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho explains why he sold Mohamed Salah to Roma
MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho signed Mohamed Salah for Chelsea in 2014 but then sold him two years later.
The Portuguese manager never saw the best of Salah who has gone on to become one of the best players in Europe.
Salah arrived at Chelsea for a fee £11m but made just 13 Premier League appearances during his home at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho sent the Egyptian on loan to Roma where he made a big impact and eventually joined permanently.
Mourinho paid tribute to the winger ahead of the clash but claimed that he wasn’t mentally ready for the Premier League when he arrived from Basel.
“I think he’s developed incredibly well at every level,” said Mourinho.
“Physically, amazing development. He was a fast, fragile boy and now he’s a fast, strong man.
“He hadn’t psychologically adapted, coming direct from a small club in Switzerland [FC Basel] to a big club in England and the Premier League [Chelsea]. It was too much.
”Now he plays everywhere against any team – completely different than the potential player we bought from Basel to Chelsea.
“He was a project player then and now he’s one of the best players in the world.
“So I don’t think the fact that I know him helps me, because I knew the project player and now he’s a top player.“