Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at his old club over their failure to back him in the same way Manchester City and Liverpool have backed Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp respectively.
Mourinho spent two and a half years at Manchester United but his time at the club came to an end following a string of disappointing results and performances at the start of the season.
During Mourinho’s tenure, he was frequently bettered by Manchester City and Pep Guardiola, with the Red Devils’ cross-city rivals finishing 19 points ahead of United last season.
Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp have also emerged from the shadows over the last few years, reaching the Champions League final last season and challenging for the Premier League in this campaign.
Speaking to beIN sports during their coverage of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona, Mourinho outlined that he would have enjoyed a similar backing from his club that Klopp and Guardiola received from theirs.
“My philosophy depends. I would love to go to a club and to be in conditions to do for example what Jurgen and Pep did.
“You look to the team that Liverpool started the game with today, how many players were there before Jurgen arrived? And when Pep was not happy with the four full backs, in the same summer he bought four full backs that he likes.
“And when he bought Claudio Bravo, was not happy with Claudio Bravo the next season he bought Ederson.”
“When Jurgen is in the club and wins absolutely nothing for three-and-a-half years and he still has the trust and confidence and conditions to try to keep going and going, this season they have a big chance to do it but would be the first time they win a trophy.
“That’s why I was saying before that in my next job, I will not be starting a conversation with a club without knowing what the club wants and what the club gives in terms of structure and in terms of the objectives.”
Mourinho “When Pep didn’t like his four full backs he bought four new ones. Klopp has not won anything in 3 years but Liverpool still supports him” pic.twitter.com/1bb1QbebBL
— The Pep (@GuardiolaTweets) May 1, 2019
Mourinho had recently been criticised by former Manchester United full-back and current Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville who claimed that he tried to “shape his own philosophy” at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese was quick to refute claims about his pre-conceived defensive philosophy, citing Inter Milan’s victory over Barcelona during his spell in charge at the San Siro as an example.
“You are in the direction of a lie told a thousand times become truth and it is not true,” he said.
“When people remember the incredible match that Inter played in Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final with 10 men, people say that was a masterclass of defensive football but was two buses parked.
“You don’t say that two weeks before [it was] Inter 3 Barcelona 1. We put ourselves in the position to go there and defend that result, playing with 10 men against the best team in the world, because two weeks before we beat them 3-1 and it should be four or five.”