Jose Mourinho is (or at least, used to be) the king of anxiety-inducing mind games, so you just know he did this on purpose.
When FIFA's official website asked the grouchy Manchester United boss to select a team of the best players he's ever managed, he refused – seconds before essentially naming an entire team (plus 5 more), going above and beyond the original question.
But the thing is, there wasn't a mention of any of the players he currently manages at United. Instead, most of the names come from his first stint at Chelsea and his Champions league winning turn at Inter Milan.
"It's an answer that I've always refused to give and will continue to,"Mourinho told FIFA.com.
"So many players gave their blood and soul when they played for me, how can I name some and forget others? Vitor Baia, Petr Cech, Julio Cesar... how can I choose just one?
"Jorge Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Marco Materazzi, Lucio, Walter Samuel, John Terry… how can I choose one?
"Michael Essien, Wesley Sneijder, Nemanja Matic, Costinha, Maniche, Xabi Alonso, Frank Lampard … how can I choose one?
"I don't think I will ever answer that question because I'll never forget my brothers in arms."