Jose Mourinho comments on reunion with former Man Utd stars at AS Roma

AS Roma Training Session

Jose Mourinho has some familiar faces in his AS Roma squad (Picture: Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho has linked up with some of his former players in his new role at AS Roma and acknowledges: ‘Football is a small world.’

As the Special One takes charge of his ninth club, it is not entirely surprising that some players from his past are under his management again.

The pair in question in the Italian capital are Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who both played under Mourinho at Manchester United during his spell in charge from 2016-18.

As with many of Mourinho’s posts in management, his time at Old Trafford did not end on great terms and neither Smalling nor Mkhitaryan may have particularly fond memories of their time with him in the past.

Mourinho posted a photo of the trio on Instagram with the caption, ‘Football is a small world’ and neither player looks to be having the most enjoyable training session.

How the pair will fare under Mourinho in Italy is yet to be seen, with Smalling impressing in his first season with Roma but tailing off in the last campaign.

He made just 13 Serie A starts last season compared to 29 in the previous campaign and will need to convince Mourinho again of his talents.

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Chris Smalling has made 58 appearances for Roma since joining from Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

Mkhitaryan was a much more integral figure in the first team last season, making 34 Serie A appearances and scoring 13 goals, finishing as the club’s top scorer in the league.

Mourinho made his first signing as Roma boss this week, bringing in goalkeeper Rui Patricio from Wolves for a fee of just under £10m.

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