Jose Mourinho has publicly chastised Arsene Wenger – throwing Jurgen Klopp into the mix as well – for their recent comments in which they voiced their disapproval of Manchester United’s intention to break the bank for Paul Pogba.
The Red Devils look to spend over £100m for the Frenchman. Although confirmation is yet to arrive, the Juventus ace’s Old Trafford switch will become the most expensive transfer in history, something which the notoriously frugal Wenger had a few things to say about.
Mourinho, though, has now made it clear he was not pleased with his fellow Premier League managers’ comments about the exuberant fee. Le Prof described the inevitable deal as “completely crazy”, whilst Liverpool’s German tactician weighed in by saying he would prefer not to work in a game where £100m transfers become the norm.
The Special One reacted sourly to comments, calling the pair’s words as unethical. “I heard two of my colleagues from other clubs already speaking about us. I do not like that. It is not ethical,” the Portuguese said, according to the Guardian.
The Manchester United boss confessed to finding the comments hypocritical as he would be generally criticized for making similar comments.
“There are things that when I do are not ethical and when others do it everything is normal and nobody says that. I do not speak about the others. They can do what they want,” the former Chelsea boss added.
“Our market was good, we made decisions, we decided to bring four players, not 10, we decided to bring in four that are Man United level, we decided to bring four that can improve the squad and not just be one more and this is our market.”
Of course, this is not as explosive as previous words hurled by Mourinho in Le Prof’s direction – remember the “specialist in failure” attack? However, with the 2016/17 season near kick off, many can expect the Portuguese and French managers to reignite their heated exchange of words.
And if Manchester United win the league crown ahead of the Gunners, expect Mourinho to take a swipe at Wenger’s Championship drought once more.