Soccer: I'm the worst manager in the history of football, says Mourinho

Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:03am EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

(Reuters) - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has sarcastically labeled himself the worst manager in the history of football after he faced criticism following a recent slump in form.

Despite winning his first four games in charge, Mourinho came under media scrutiny after the club lost three in a row before beating third tier Northampton Town in the League Cup.

They sit six points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League and face champions Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

When asked about Claudio Ranieri's side and their prospects, Mourinho took the opportunity to take a swipe at his detractors.

"It is very difficult to retain the title," Mourinho told reporters on Friday. "History says that. Not many in the Premier League have done it.

"One team was Manchester United and another was managed by the worst manager in the history of football (Mourinho at Chelsea 2005-2006)."

United captain Wayne Rooney has faced fierce criticism after a string of poor performances in recent weeks but Mourinho said the forward should not be singled out from the rest of the squad.

"Rooney's form is like Man United's form. We are a team - we are not Wayne Rooney, we are a team," the 53-year-old coach said.

"But the way we think in the group is everybody is involved in every match, even the ones who are not playing."   Continued...

Britain Football Soccer - Northampton Town v Manchester United - EFL Cup Third Round - Sixfields Stadium - 21/9/16
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho 
Reuters / Darren Staples
EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details. - RTSOUKH