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Jose Mourinho has wasted no time in erasing Phil Jones and Chris Smalling from his memory during a hilarious quick-fire quiz segment.
The Portuguese manager, 56, was axed from Manchester United last season and has been out of management since.
When the 'Special One' was asked to name three English defenders in five seconds, he had no problem in remembering John Terry and Gary Cahill from his Chelsea days.
But Mourinho was unable to name a third English defender before he ran out of time, despite managing both Jones and Smalling during his time at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho has already wiped his memory of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. :joy::joy: pic.twitter.com/6ENcsAmOD1- Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) September 16, 2019
That's not to mention Red Devils left-back Luke Shaw, who was often targeted by the ex-United and Chelsea boss.
The interviewer told Mourinho: "It's time, it's time. Ha-ha, we got you on that one."
Mourinho could also have named the likes of Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson or Wayne Bridge for the question.
But that hasn't stopped United fans from seeing the hilarious side of the 'Special One' not remembering Jones or Smalling.
Twitter user Keano posted: "100% he did in on purpose haha."
Another fan, Hatzi, tweeted: "Good on him he doesn't deserve to have bad memories like that."
While IvP said: "Glad to see him recovering."
And user MCK added: "Vintage Mourinho."
Jose Mourinho forgot he coached Chris Smalling & Phil Jones. :joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy:pic.twitter.com/OT63EODmEq- 千ORD, KINGING (@FordTweet) September 16, 2019
Mourinho would rather lose than mention Smalling and Jones :sob::sob::joy: pic.twitter.com/7pu2ckOHuc- Prince Palena (@PrincePalena) September 16, 2019
Jones, who signed a new contract in February, has fallen down the pecking order at United and hasn't played a single minute in the league this season.
And Smalling has moved to Roma on a season-long loan in the summer, with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opting for Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof as his first-choice centre-back pairing.
United will begin their Europa League campaign on Thursday when they host Astana at Old Trafford.
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