Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was under huge pressure before the 3-2 win over Newcastle on Saturday with some reports claiming the Portuguese will get sacked irrespective of the result against Newcastle.
Speaking after the win over Newcastle on Saturday, Mourinho complained about a manhunt from sections of the media amid speculation of his imminent sack.
“It is the first time I see man-hunting. I can cope with it. I can live with it. Some of the boys, in spite of them not being the man that is hunted, they are not coping well with it,” Mourinho told BT Sport.
“As a friend of mine was saying to me this morning, if tomorrow it rains in London it is my fault. If there are some difficulties with the agreements of Brexit, it is my fault.
“I have to be ready for all of this. I think a lot of wickedness and clear man-hunting in football is too much.
“It is my life. It is the life I love and since I was a kid I work for this.”
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand slammed Mourinho for his comments.
“I don’t know. I don’t know where this wickedness comes from. I don’t know what he’s talking about,” Ferdinand said.
“If you see something on the football pitch you talk about it. He’s Manchester United manager. Manchester United manager doesn’t go unnoticed win, lose, or draw.
“When you sign up to manage Man United you do not expect to come in and have it your own way. Especially if things are going wrong, you’re going to be under intense scrutiny.
“For Jose Mourinho to say ‘Ive seen that kind of performance, that hunger, desire, commitment and desire’ many other times this season, then he’ll be wrong. He’ll be lying to say that.
“It hasn’t been there at all. So what are we meant to say? It’s been okay and they’ll get through it?
“You say what you see, you can’t expect anything different. To sit there and moan that ‘they’re hunting me and it’s wickedness’, I find that laughable. I was sitting here and laughing about what he was saying.”
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes also agreed with Ferdinand.
Scholes said: “He has to realise after seven, eight games in the season they were 10th in the league. They’re eighth.
“This is Man United. It’s a team we expect to be in the Champions League. We expect to be challenging to win the league. Being 8th, 9th 10th in the league isn’t good enough. You have to expect a bit of stick.”