The Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho has divided opinion throughout his illustrious career, and his time at United in recent weeks is certainly proving to be no exception.
United have started the season in fine form domestically and in Europe where they continued their perfect start to the competition with a 2-0 victory over Portuguese champions Benfica at Old Trafford last night. The victory extended United’s unbeaten record at home to a colossal 38 matches, with their last home defeat arrived in the Manchester derby in September 2016.
Yet another European victory could not prevent Mourinho from shying away from his typically sarcastic and moody attitude within his post-match press-conference last night. Mourinho has come in for criticism from fans and pundits alike for United’s supposedly negative style of football this season. The opinions published in the media concerning his side performances from “specialists” seem to have gotten under the skin of the United manager.
“It’s better for the specialists to comment on the game than for me to give my opinion’, he told MUTV, as per the club’s official website.
”I’m paid to work and to do my best, which I do every day and the specialists are paid to comment [on] my work so let them comment.”
The inclusion of youngster Scott McTominay for his first ever Champions League start was a talking point in Mourinho’s post-match interview. Mourinho embraced the opportunity to sarcastically have a dig at the Media by claiming McTominay’s performance was fantastic ‘with a manager who never gives a chance to a young guy!’.
Mourinho explained why Daley Blind took responsibility for taking United’s second penalty of the game after Martial missed from 12 yards early in the 11th minute. He also took plenty of time to praise the young Benfica goalkeeper Svilar and the performance of his side on the night.
Overall the United manager seemed fairly content to open up to the press in typical Mourinho fashion, but there is no doubt he is beginning to feel the pressure that comes with the manager’s job at Manchester United.
It is difficult to understand the complex persona of Jose Mourinho and the manner in which he delivers his post-match comments to the media.
Even following a relatively comfortable victory, he still shows sign of frustration in regard to the comments that have been made about him in recent weeks.
Whatever Mourinho’s motivation for his behaviour in the public eye, it seems to be delivering results for Manchester United on the pitch so the fans can have little complaint with their manager’s performance so far.
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