It seems as though Jose Mourinho really didn’t like the comments made by Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger regarding Paul Pogba's move to Manchester United.
Last week, with United on the verge of completing the deal, Mourinho hit out at the managerial duo after they questioned the massive fee.
"I only speak about us. I heard already two of my colleagues from other clubs speaking about us. I do not like that. It is not ethical,” he said, aimed at Klopp and Wenger.
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“There are things that when I do are not ethical and when others do it everything is normal, nobody says that. I do not speak about the others. They can do what they want. Our market was good.”
But the Special One didn’t stop there.
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Mourinho taunts Liverpool and Arsenal
After his club smashed the world transfer record to sign Pogba for £89 million, Mourinho decided to taunt the bosses of Liverpool and Arsenal.
Speaking to MUTV, Mourinho took aim at “some of the managers” criticising United’s deal for the French midfielder.
“I know the discussion,” Mourinho said.
“I understand that, sometimes in football, things happen and the club breaks the record, but this is only possible at clubs like Man United.
“When I heard some of the comments and heard some of the managers criticising that, I don’t think they ever have this problem because, to have this problem, you need to be at one of the top clubs in the world. So at Man United it can happen.”
Both Klopp and Wenger will probably be surprised by Mourinho taking their comments very seriously. After all, they only gave their opinion on the deal after being asked.
Klopp on Pogba
Klopp admitted that he would never spend near £100m on a single player in fear of him picking up a serious injury.
“If you bring one player in for £100m and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney," he said.
“I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.
“If I spend money, it is because I am trying to build a team, a real team. Barcelona did it. You can win championships, you can win titles, but there is a manner in which you want it.”
Wenger on Pogba
Whereas Wenger branded the whole deal “completely crazy.”
"It is completely crazy if you compare it to normal life. That is for sure. But we live in a world where every activity that is worldwide makes a lot of money,” he said, per Sky Sports.
"Football has become a worldwide competition and that is why clubs can afford to do it. Does it make sense in the way the player can give you that investment back? Nobody ever could calculate.
"Since I am in this sport I always thought the record cannot go higher and I was always wrong. Maybe in a few years it will be 200, 300 [million], who knows."
Hefty price tag
While Mourinho can criticise Klopp and Wenger all he likes, there is no doubt there is now pressure on Pogba to live up to his hefty price-tag.
Everyone knows that Wenger and Mourinho have a pretty troubled relationship so this war of words before the season has even started only adds to the excitement ahead of the Premier League.
Mourinho and Klopp may have had a fairly respectful relationship before this season but, with United and Liverpool being fierce rivals, it’s likely that the Portuguese boss will continue this little feud with the German long into the new campaign.
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