Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher reckons some of the criticism Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho gets is a bit overboard.
Mourinho, who has won eight league titles and two Champions Leagues so far in his trophy laden career, took over at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 and won the EFL Cup and Europa League during his first season with the Red Devils.
Last season his Manchester United side then finished second in the Premier League, with their best points total since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, as well as losing in the FA Cup final to his former club Chelsea.
However, Mourinho has been on the end of plenty of criticism from both the media and even his own clubs fans recently, and while Carragher accepts that the Portuguese coach doesn’t help himself at times, he does feel that some of the criticism is unwarranted.
“They finished second last season but with a very healthy points total. Yes, there was a massive gap to Manchester City but there was also a big gap between Manchester United and the rest,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“I actually think Jose Mourinho hasn’t helped himself in this pre-season with the way things have happened but I do think he gets a little bit too much criticism, even for the job he’s done at Manchester United.
“In his first season he won two trophies, not the Premier League or the Champions League trophies he will be judged on as a United manager but it’s very difficult now to win trophies with that top six being so competitive.
“Last season they were runners-up in the league and FA Cup runners-up and okay, that’s not good enough for Manchester United but I don’t think it’s as bad as people have painted it.”