Jose Mourinho defends his decision to criticise Manchester United players

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho has defended his decision to publicly criticise his Manchester United players by claiming it will make them stronger.

Luke Shaw, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly have all been singled out by Mourinho as he insisted it was part of the learning process.

He refused to talk about Michael Carrick‘s sublime performance against Northampton as he didn’t want to pick out individual performers, which contradicts his pervious comments.

Speaking about his decisions, Mourinho claimed his players have all learned as a result.

“It’s a learning process, you make a mistake, especially the kind of individual mistake [we have], you have to learn with what that means for the team,” he said.

“A team that works during the week on a game plan, sometimes not during the whole week for the same match because now we are having a game every three days, but to try to have a game plan, try to identify some defensive and attacking agreements between all of us, then in the game the individual mistake you can be punished by that.

Publicly critiquing players is extremely harsh, especially with the Shaw situation, where he wasn’t even underperforming for a majority of the game.

Pulling his players aside after the game, pointing out their mistakes, helping them learn and telling them what to do differently would have been much more beneficial and avoids potentially harming his side’s confidence.

Mourinho has already come under pressure at United after losing three of his last four games and will be hoping to avoid a third consecutive league defeat against Leicester.

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