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Throwback: Mourinho's Priceless Reaction To Seeing Anthony Joshua Kick A Football

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Throwback: Mourinho's Priceless Reaction To Seeing Anthony Joshua Kick A Football

THIS STORY WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON 31ST OCTOBER, 2017

With Anthony Joshua in the news again after besting Carlos Takam in the 10th round in Cardiff, we thought it would be worth revisiting the time he rubbed shoulders with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho at the club's training ground in May.

AJ had just come off his career highlight - a thrilling win over the legendary Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in April - and was presented with his own special United shirt by Mourinho, as well as meeting several United first-teamers.

He also showed off his skills for the special one, who reacted hilariously to seeing his first kick in the flesh.

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"Fucking hell Tony!," Mourinho utters before joking that defender Chris Smalling is no longer needed when he says: "Smalling, goodbye man!. [Anthony] I'm going to promote you."

His next effort wasn't so impressive however, as his shoe came flying off in comical fashion. AJ has a bit of a knack for hanging out with United stars, it seems - as Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in his dressing room prior to his 20th professional win at the weekend.

And as per Joshua, Zlatan gave him a bit of advice ahead of the fight.

The 28-year old memorably uttered the words, "I'm not perfect but I'm trying" after his thrilling victory over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in April but the charismatic Swede put his own spin on that phrase to give Joshua a boost.

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"He heard me say, 'I'm not perfect, but I'm trying' and told me to say 'I'm perfect and I'm not trying!'" Joshua said after the fight.

Joshua has made it clear that he wants a piece of WBC world heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder next and his combat sports enthusiast pal Zlatan believes it's the next logical step.

Image: PA

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"Go over to America, get the knockout and say 'is that all you've got' and just come back," he said.

But he added that he found the idea of Joshua and Tyson Fury interesting.

"You know, I haven't followed him so good but obviously he didn't lose in his career and I think he has retired so it would take time for him to come back but of course it is an interesting fight.

"But the present is Joshua, he is the man. Everybody should call him out, it's not like Joshua calls them out."

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After being jokingly asked by iFL TV how much money he'd want on the table for him to go mix it up with Joshua, the 36-year old striker answered: "I have only to learn from Joshua but if he wants to learn from Bruce Lee skills, I can teach him."

Featured Image Credit: Celebrity Spill/Youtube

Topics: Jose Mourinho, Football, Manchester United, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Premier League

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