Eamon Dunphy had a few choice words to say about Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after Saturday’s events at Stoke City.
Mourinho refused to shake the hand of Stoke boss Mark Hughes after the 2-2 draw at the Bet365 Stadium after a previous altercation between the two bosses, and became irritated when asked to explain why in subsequent interviews and press conferences.
Speaking on 2fm’s Game On show on Monday evening, Dunphy defended Hughes in the wake of the incident while questioning Mourinho’s stability and character:
“I think Mark told him to F off. I’m pretty good at lip-reading! He’s no shrinking violet, Mark Hughes.
“Anyone who remembers him as a player, he’s a hard man. Mourinho is petulant and silly. He’s not a very stable character.
“I don’t think Mark Hughes did anything wrong. He was probably winding Mourinho up. It was good for his team, and I thought he was right in the circumstances. It’s churlish, childish, petulant, use whatever word you want. He’s a very, very immature guy.”
Dunphy has been a longtime critic of Mourinho, saying as recently as May of this year that his selfishness and penchant for not staying at clubs for very long made him the wrong fit for a club like Man United, while last November he insisted that the former Chelsea manager’s conduct, specifically the ban he received for kicking a water bottle during a match against West Ham, was damaging the club’s reputation.