Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho has hit back at football pundits amid criticism of the way he is handling Marcus Rashford at the club.
This comes after Jamie Carragher suggested the 20-year-old should leave the club and move elsewhere for regular playing times.
Speaking at his weekly press conference ahead of Watford clash later today, the Portuguese coach called football pundits ‘compulsive liars’ and said they are ‘obsessed’ with him.
‘I can expect that on Sunday I’m going to be highly criticised for not playing him at Watford tomorrow because some of the boys are really obsessed with me,’ the Portuguese said during a monologue of over four minutes on the suspended Rashford.
‘Some of them have a problem with some compulsive lies, so I can expect some of them will wake up on Sunday… and always the thing that comes to their mind is Jose Mourinho.
‘Some of the people everybody knows have double salaries, they work also for the clubs and of course they are not independent and they conduct things in the direction they want.
‘That’s obvious, human, is natural, not ethical but I accept. I feel sorry for them, there are more interesting things than Jose Mourinho.’
Mourinho also went as far as bringing out a piece of paper, where he detailed the games and minutes Rashford has played under him.
‘In the season 16-17, Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches and 11 Europa League matches including the final. Three in the FA Cup,’ he added.
‘He had 53 appearances. But if you want to talk minutes, he played 3068 minutes. If you want to divide that by 90 then it is 34.2 matches of 90 minutes in 16-17.
‘In 17-18 he played 35 Premier League matches, eight Champions League, five FA Cup – including the final – three League Cup and the Super Cup. He played a total of 52 matches with 2676 minutes.
‘Divide that by 90 minutes and it is 29.7 matches. So in all, 105 appearances, 5744 minutes, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes – including five finals.
‘The kid is a good kid, a good player, knows what United did for him, starting in the academy, then Mr Van Gaal’s support, my support, club’s support, new contract, new shirt, and selected every single match, since I was here, he was never one day out of selection because of my decision.’
Mourinho also suggested he is doing far more than his Premier League rivals to develop young English talent.
‘So the people who are speaking about these minutes are a bit confused,’ he said. ‘Rashford is not Dominic Solanke, he’s not Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he’s not Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
He’s Manchester United player Marcus Rashford with an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level. At the highest level. In the best possible competitions.
‘United supporters – for you, and just for you – this is what we’re doing with Rashford, (Jesse) Lingard, (Luke) Shaw, (Scott) McTominay.’
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The Pain Is Too Much – Andy Murray Confirms Retirement Plans In Tears
Tennis Legend Andy Murray has announced he is set to retire this year.
The former world No 1 hopes to have one final farewell at Wimbledon, where he is a two-time champion but had to withdraw last year.
The three-time Grand Slam winner had surgery on his hip a year ago but admitted he is still far away from full fitness with the pain greatly affecting his day-to-day life.
Speaking at a press conference, the 31-year-old broke down in tears and struggled to speak as his voice cracked as he addressed a room of journalists at Melbourne Park.
“I’m not feeling good. I’ve been struggling for a long time. Been in a lot of pain for 20 months now.
“Pretty much done everything I could to make my hip feel better.
“Wimbledon is where I would like to stopplaying but I’m not certain I’ll be able to do that. I’m not certain I can play throughthe pain for an other four five months.”
Murray played just 14 matches in 2018 having made a long-awaited return in June after almost a year out.
Asked if he will play the Australian Open which begins on Monday, Murray added: “I’m going to play. I can still play to a level. Not a level that I’m happy playing at.
“But it’s not just that. The pain is too much really and I don’t want to continue playing that way.”
He added: “During my training block I spoke to my team and told them I can’t keep doing this. I needed to have an end point because I was sort of playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop.
“I’ve spoken to psychologists about it butnothing helps because you’re in lots and lots of pain and you can’t do what you want to do, what you love doing. It’s not enjoyable doing it anymore.”
Jose Mourinho Secures New Job Few Weeks After Being Sacked By Man United
Jose Mourinho has secured his first job since being sacked as Manchester United coach after joining BeIN Sports as a pundit.
The broadcaster announced on Thursday that ‘the Special One’ will be an analyst for Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Arsenal on January 19 as well as Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Asian Cup group-stage tie on January 17 on the Qatari channel’s broadcasts in the Middle East and North Africa.
Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United in December after the club’s worst start to a season since 1990 and won three trophies during his two-and-a-half year tenure at Old Trafford.
“Jose is one of the greatest football managers of all time, and we hope that his expert analysis and charismatic personality will be enjoyed by our millions of viewers,” a beIN spokesman said in a statement.
Mourinho had been linked with a return to former club Benfica after the Lisbon giants fired coach Rui Vitoria last week, but the 55-year-old told Correio da Manha earlier on Thursday that he would not take the job. “I don’t have any intention of coming back to work in Portugal,” he told the newspaper. “I’m fine at the moment.”
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