Jose Mourinho is not a happy camper. He’s angry at the Premier League for not being more accommodating to Manchester United’s congested fixture list. He’s angry at pundits who criticize Paul Pogba out of “envy.” He’s angry at the Boro players who got his mate Aitor Karanka sacked. On top of all that, he claims that United’s transfer market activity that preceded his appointment was poor, something that comes as a complete shock to exactly zero United fans. In a BBC interview, he was happy to throw his friend and mentor Louis van Gaal under the bus now that the Dutchman no longer has a public platform on which to respond.
“Man. Utd. sold players that I would never sell, bought players that I would never buy. I would never sell Di Maria, Chicharito [Hernandez], Danny Welbeck. Never. No chance.”
Ángel Di María was of course managed by Mourinho at Madrid, but didn’t become really good until after Mourinho left. He also stopped giving a shit about four months into his only season at Old Trafford. Danny Welbeck - lovable as he is - is more brittle and less good than Marcus Rashford. He may have a point about Chicharito, mind. As for the players that he never would have bought, whoever could he schmean?
Manchester United legend and madman Roy Keane, for one, is not impressed with Mourinho’s whining. Roy Keane is not impressed by anything, but he has a point.
“We were just looking at some of the cup draws they've had. They've had an easy ride in the cups; some good draws and a lot of home draws. The guy's talking absolute nonsense. I've never heard so much rubbish in my life.
Maybe the club's too big for him. He can't deal with all these demands at the match. What matches? Man United reserves could have won that game tonight. I'm sick to death of him."
Wayne Rooney, record goalscorer and captain for both Manchester United and England, is now irrelevant for both. Despite Wazza declaring himself fit to England manager Gareth Southgate, he has not been selected for the upcoming internationals. Given the fairly atrocious level of some of the other players selected ahead of him, it’s safe to say that Rooney’s England career is all but over. It’s probably the right move from Southgate, all things considered. England are rubbish, but hanging on to the past isn’t going to do them any good. Rooney is without question the greatest English player of his generation though, so hopefully he gets a Beckham-style sentimental call up and proper send off in the near future.