Jose Mourinho has recently adopted a quarrelsome atmosphere with the Old Trafford faithful and has been given some advice by Manchester United legend Roy Keane who told him to ‘shut up’ and concentrate on the job.
Mourinho had bemoaned a lack of support for Romelu Lukaku by some section of the fans who had booed his decision to remove Marcus Rashford for Anthony Martial in last weekend’s victory over Tottenham. In his programme notes before the match against Benfica, the United manager praised Lukaku and described him as ‘untouchable’ and concluded his notes by saying “I hope that you enjoy the game more than some of you did against Tottenham.”
Keane who similarly once questioned the atmosphere at Old Trafford after a tedious victory over Dynamo Kiev in the group stage of the Uefa Champions League of the 2000/01 season expects Mourinho to ‘rise above’ the disapproval aimed at him over United’s style of achieving results last month.
Speaking on ITV he said:
“My only concern about Mourinho is that he seems to be distracted by the so-called critics out there. He is probably paid eight, nine or ten million pounds a year, so focus on your job. Rise above that. He should be better than that, but he seems to be easily upset.”
“Shut up and get on with your job. You are getting very well paid for it.”
But Keane didn’t stop there as the former Manchester United player took out time to throw jabs at Pep Guardiola’s impressive Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp’s slow-paced Liverpool.
“My only concern for City is that I still think it is in their DNA as a club to mess things up. They have previous seasons where we have got carried away with City, but they will take some stopping this year.”
“It’s hard to figure out Liverpool at the moment,” he added. “It’s hard to get excited about them. For me they are going nowhere fast and coming to the end of the season when the prizes are being handed out, Liverpool will be nowhere near.”
“I think if they were playing in my back garden I wouldn’t watch them. At the back, there are question marks over the goalkeeper, the defenders. I don’t have too much to say about Liverpool.”