LONDON: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has lashed out at football’s “Einsteins” for criticising him during the English Premier League club’s run of three successive defeats.
Despite winning the first four games of his tenure, Mourinho has come under scrutiny from the media after United’s slump in form with the club currently six points behind leaders Manchester City in the league.
United returned to winning ways after beating third-tier side Northampton Town 3-1 in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday.
“We had a bad week. I know that the world is full of Einsteins, I know that they tried to delete 16 years of my career,” Mourinho told MUTV, the club’s in-house television station.
“They tried to delete an unbelievable history of Manchester United Football Club and to focus on a bad week with three bad results. But that’s the new football, it’s full of Einsteins.”
United have been given the chance to redeem their recent league defeat to City after being drawn to face them at Old Trafford in the fourth round of the League Cup.
With home games against champions Leicester City, Ukranian side FC Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League and Stoke City coming up, Mourinho hoped his side can regain some of their lost momentum in the coming weeks.
“We have three home matches now in a row and it is always good to be at home,” said the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager.
“If the fans have been disappointed with the last week, I understand completely but I am sure they will be behind the team like they always are.”
Meanwhile, Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has been told to “grow up” by manager Roberto Di Matteo after media reports that police were called to a Birmingham hotel where he was partying with friends on Sunday. Villa have launched an internal investigation regarding the 21-year-old, with local media reports saying fellow party-goers were inhaling nitrous oxide, which provides a legal high.
In April last year, Grealish was cautioned about his conduct by Villa’s former manager Tim Sherwood after photographs emerged of him allegedly inhaling the laughing gas in a hotel room.
“We instantly started an internal investigation about it, which is still ongoing. When it is finished we will see what disciplinary action to take,” Di Matteo told British media.
“We expect our players to behave in a professional manner at all times. In general for the sake of any player they need to learn about what it takes to be an athlete.”
Last season Grealish was banished to the under-21 squad after reports of a visit to a Manchester night club hours after a 4-0 loss at Everton in November.
“It’s important he (Grealish) understands what he has and that he needs to grow up very quickly,” added former Chelsea player and manager Di Matteo. “It’s not the first time and he needs to understand if he wants a good career he has to stop.” – Reuters