Jose Mourinho is getting a lot of flak for his comments after Manchester United’s 2-2 draw against Burnley yesterday.
The Red Devils came from 2-0 down to earn a point but given what it means for their title hopes - United will be 15 points behind Manchester City should Pep Guardiola’s side beat Newcastle United this evening - you can understand why Mourinho wasn’t happy.
But instead of questioning his own players, something he’s already done this season, Mourinho decided to blame a lack of spending for Man United’s inability to keep up with their neighbours this season.
When it was put to Mourinho whether the gap is unacceptable for a club as big as United, the Portuguese responded: “One thing is a big club and another thing is a big football team. They are two different things.
“We are in the second year of trying to rebuild a football team that is not one of the best teams in the world.
“Manchester City buy full-backs for the price of strikers.
“When you speak about big football clubs, you are speaking about the history of the club."
Mourinho then went on to claim that the £286 million he’s spent on players since his arrival last year “is not enough”.
“The price for the big clubs is different than for the other clubs,” he added.
Joey Barton has tweeted about Mourinho and Burnley
Mourinho’s comments have dominated the back pages, much to the annoyance of Joey Barton.
The outspoken midfielder, who had two separate spells at Burnley before receiving an 18-month ban from football, has taken to Twitter on Wednesday morning to highlight the lack of attention being paid to Sean Dyche’s side.
“Good to see the focus being on Man United not spending £300m on fullbacks today,” Barton wrote.
“Very little credit given to Burnley who played great 1st half. And incidentally were without Heaton, Tarkowski, Ward, Brady and Wood.
“But hey ho, if only Man U could spend some more money... 🤮🔫.
“Steven Defour’s free kick alone should be on the back of every paper. To beat the best goalkeeper in the world from that far out? Come on Man U not at their best but Burnley caused that.
“That’s United, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea away Burnley have taken points off. Deservedly.”
He’s right, of course. Burnley currently sit seventh in the Premier League table and deserve a ton of credit.
Yet Barton, who works for talkSPORT and therefore knows the media industry, shouldn’t be surprised that everyone’s only talking about one man and one team.
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