Jose Mourinho doesn’t tend to react well to a run of defeats, as we all witnessed at Chelsea.
The Portuguese coach, in the weeks before he was sacked by the Blues last season, wasn’t afraid to dig out his players in televised interviews and press conferences if he felt the defeat had reflected badly on him.
But just a couple of months into his Manchester United tenure and the 53-year-old is already aiming fire at specific players in public.
Following the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City earlier this month, Mourinho - without naming names - effectively blamed him players for the loss.
"One or two players were below that level and the team paid for it,” he told reporters, per Goal, after the match. "Honestly, I have two or three players in the first half who, if the game is now and I know what is going to happen, I don't play them, but this is football and sometimes players disappoint managers and sometimes players give us great surprises.”
Mourinho blames Shaw after Watford defeat
Following Sunday’s embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Watford, however, Mourinho has specifically pinned the blame on Luke Shaw - again, though, without naming his name. Although he didn’t need to after referring to the Englishman’s position.
“The first Man City goal and this second goal against Watford - you can find an incredible similarity, which is Kolarov has the ball in a difficult situation in the corner and my players, instead of going up to press they decide to give space,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“And here for the second goal, Amrabat receives the ball and our left-back is 25 metres from him instead of five metres. But even at 25 metres, you have to jump and go and press, but no, we wait.
“This is a tactical but also a mental attitude. It’s something that doesn’t become perfect in a couple of weeks.
“I can split these defeats into three factors - one, the referee’s crucial mistakes are not in my control, there is nothing I can do about that.
“But against Man City you know what happened in minute 55 (a Claudio Bravo challenge on Wayne Rooney which might have brought a penalty and red card). You know that happened for the fist goal here and against Feyenoord there was the offside goal.
“Secondly there is (being) lucky and unlucky. It’s part of the game.
“The third thing is what is my hands, which is the improvement of the team and the individuals. Try to stop with the defensive mistakes. I knew that I had a task.
“So we have to improve, no doubt, individually and collectively. And that’s my job. Lady luck you don’t control and referees mistakes you don’t control.”
Twitter reacts to Mourinho digging out Shaw
Mourinho’s decision to point the finger at Shaw, a 21-year-old left-back who has only just returned from a double fracture of his right leg, hasn’t gone down well on social media.
Check out this reaction…
No criticism of Rooney's performance?
And where was the criticism for the team’s experienced players, in particular the captain Wayne Rooney?
The 30-year-old was dire at Vicarage Road as this compilation video of his worst moments highlights.
Will Jose Mourinho turn this around - or is he doomed to follow in the footsteps of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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