Jose Mourinho believes if football gave out awards for the best behaved managers, he would be the stand-out winner of such an accolade.
The Manchester United boss has a long history of clashing with referees, fourth officials and even fans in his time at Chelsea and Old Trafford.
But, Mourinho has calmed his fiery touchline tendencies this season and has proclaimed himself a changed man.
The Portuguese has aimed swipes at the antics of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte this season for their touchline behaviour.
And with Mourinho looking docile compared to his rival Premier League managers this campaign, he believes he should be rewarded for his changed attitude.
‘I am fully committed to win the award this season to win the award for the best behaved manager on the touchline. I am serious,’ Mourinho said ahead of United’s game against Newcastle.
Manchester United 2017/18 Fixtures
Newcastle (A) – Sun Feb 11
Birmingham or Huddersfield (A) – Sat Feb 17 (FA Cup)
Sevilla (A) – Wed Feb 21 (Champions League)
Chelsea (H) – Sun Feb 25
Crystal Palace (A) – Sun Mar 3
Liverpool (H) – Sat Mar 10
Sevilla (H) – Tue Mar 13 (Champions League)
‘There are so many awards, Performance of the Week, Manager of the Month, they should give the guy that behaves better on the touchline and they should give the vote to the fourth official and I am pretty sure I would win! I am serious.
‘I didn’t create one problem to one fourth official on the touchline, apart from my red card at Southampton when I put my foot on the pitch.
‘Now I prepare myself and I am very happy, I am not free of losing my temper or my control in one match. I am not free of that. I am not perfect.
‘I am not going from the bad one to the perfect one, no way. But I try and I make an effort and I’m happy with the way things are going.’
United head into the clash 16 points adrift of league leaders, Manchester City, who put five past Leicester City on Saturday.
Mourinho has already conceded the title race is over, but with the Champions League and FA Cup still to play for, United will be eager to get their top players in peak condition for a vital period.