It's 20 years since Maniche first played for Mourinho at Benfica and he admits the players had never before experienced the man-management employed by the Special One.
He told O Jogo: "The way of working and communicating was a tremendous novelty.
"The confidence transmitted was so strong that we thought we were excellent players.
"On the eve of the game with Boavista, Karel Poborsky said he wanted to play at number 10. Mourinho called him to the dressing room, told him to sit in his chair and asked to explain it to him..."
Maniche added: "It was not by chance that he wrote the preface to my book. The text is powerful and reflects what I am. He is a coach who takes players to the clubs he knows and gives guarantees. He won very important titles, broke records after records and likes to be on the front line. That's why he is one of the best."