Mourinho on Scholes: Jose Mourinho spoke to media and responded to Paul Scholes’ harsh comments after the match against Valencia.
It was yet another tough night to endure for Manchester United and its fans as the club was held to a 0-0 draw by Spanish side Valencia in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho’s side came close to breaking the deadlock, but didn’t look convincing enough.
Manchester United have had a struggling start to their season, as the club is currently 10th in the Premier League, with ten points from seven matches.
After the match against Valencia, Jose Mourinho spoke to the media. He criticised the players after the match, stating that the teams lack intensity and spoke on the lack of technical quality.
He also spoke on Paul Scholes’ comments before the match, where the former United midfielder expressed his surprise that Mourinho hasn’t been sacked yet.
Scholes on Mourinho: “I’m sat here surprised he’s here after Saturday. He’s coming out in press conferences, having a go at players, people above him. I think his mouth is out of control and he’s embarrassing the club.” #mufc [BT]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) October 2, 2018
“I’m sat here surprised he’s here after Saturday,” Scholes said.
“He’s coming out in press conferences, having a go at players, people above him. I think his mouth is out of control and he’s embarrassing the club.”
Mourinho, however, insisted that he is not interested in Scholes’ criticism.
Jose Mourinho has brushed off criticism from Paul Scholes – as well as boos from the Old Trafford crowd – insisting @ManUtd fans are entitled to ‘freedom of speech’.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 3, 2018
“I am not interested in that, I don’t need to know what Paul Scholes said,” Mourinho said.
“He has freedom of speech just like anyone else, just like the fans who were chanting ‘attack, attack’ in the second half. People can say what they like, especially Manchester United supporters, because I respect their point of view.
“I would prefer to say that last season we finished second in the league, were runners-up in the FA Cup and topped our Champions League group. I thought that was a fantastic season and I know the reasons why.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 3, 2018
Mourinho was also questioned on whether the confidence among the team is low. However, he did not directly answer the question.
“There are things it is difficult for me to say, I do not want to attract any more criticism for being too open,” said the Manchester United boss.
Some saying our pundits were too gentle on Mourinho and Manchester United post game. Well they probably missed our build up. This clip, one of many less than gentle critiques: https://t.co/0zBDuIPgde
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 2, 2018
Manchester United will now host Newcastle United in the Premier League this weekend, before the players head off to the international break.