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Juventus defeated Manchester United 1-0 in a Champions League group stage fixture at Old Trafford last week Tuesday, and the Italian champions produced an impressive all round display, particularly in defence.

United’s attack only managed just six shots in the entire game, and only two were on target in a game where Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci were in fine form.

After the game, Jose Mourinho praised both Chiellini and centre-back partner Leonardo Bonucci for containing United’s attack and hinted that they could give defensive classes in Harvard University.

“They could go to Harvard University to give classes about how to be a central defender,” Mourinho said after the game.

“Quality in football is everywhere. When I say quality I don’t just say creative players – Chiellini and Bonucci, it is absolutely beautiful to see.”

Chiellini has now given a reply to Mourinho’s remarks after he was asked about Mourinho’s praise by Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian responded equally with a quip of his own.

“Me going to Harvard?” he said. “Yes, I would like to go there, but for a master’s in economics – not to give defence lessons!”

It is believed that Mourinho’s comment was targeted at the Manchester United board after they failed to secure his defensive targets during the summer transfer window.