Jose Mourinho has once again taken a swipe at the pundits who criticise him, after his Manchester United side edged through to the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 1-0 win over Young Boys.
The Portuguese demanded a reaction from his players against the Swiss league leaders Young Boys on Tuesday night, and while he got a slight one, it was hardly a swashbuckling performance from the Red Devils.
With many pundits having called for Mourinho to start using Marcus Rashford as a central striker, the England man was afforded that opportunity but missed a glut of chances.
However, in rather unusual fashion, Mourinho refused to publicly criticise his player, despite his visible frustration on the touchline.
“We don’t score enough goals but it is not just about Marcus, it’s about us as a team,” Mourinho said in his post-match press conference. “It is very difficult for us to score goals.
“But Marcus makes the movement, makes the runs, works hard when he does and doesn’t have the ball and I can never blame a player because of missing chances.”
Marouane Fellaini scored a late winner for United to see them progress to the Champions League knockout stages, a goal which saw Mourinho go berzerk on the touchline, sending a group of water bottles flying.
Speaking after the game, the 55-year-old decided to turn his cannons on the pundits who criticise him on a seemingly daily basis:
“Can myself or another manager have a reaction or frustration? Can I have on the touchline, where not a lot of the ones that comment on football have been? Not many of them were there.
“I would invite those people to sit on the bench as managers but I think maybe it is better to have lots of holidays in Barbados and go to the television screen and touch the electronic dummies.
“It’s much more comfortable than being on the touchline like us managers are.
“I’m pretty sure that a proper football manager would never criticise another one for emotional reaction on the touchline because it’s deja vu. For the ones that have a nice life, it’s different.”