Jose Mourinho: Rio Ferdinand has earned the right to criticise Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho insists he respects Rio Ferdinand following his criticising comments over Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard after the pair posted a video of themselves dancing in the dressing room on Instagram.

He won six Premier League titles and the Champions League during his time at Old Trafford and claims the pair should be staying off the radar while the club sit sixth in the Premier League.

Man United were in touching distance of the top four and had the chance to move past sixth place, but a 0-0 draw against Hull City was not enough to close the gap on the rivals that had dropped points.

Speaking about Ferdinand’s comments, Mourinho claimed he was entitled to his opinion following his impressive career at the club.

“I respect Rio. He was a big guy in my club. He was a legend in my club,” he said.

“I am not, so as somebody that is not his level in the club, I don’t think I have any legitimacy to comment on Rio.

“I’m not saying to you that I agree or I disagree. I’m not saying that. I’m just saying that in relation to all these people that they are, in the history of Manchester United, much bigger than I am.

“I don’t comment to say I agree or disagree.”

Speaking on BT Sport on Tuesday, Ferdinand said: “I’m all for having a bit of fun on social media and stuff. But not when you’re sixth in the league, and you’re not in the Champions League positions and you’re fighting,

“You haven’t won anything yet. Until you’ve won something you can’t go out and do stuff like that.

“I’ve dug out Arsenal players for doing stuff like this before and it would be wrong of me to not talk about the United players.”

It’s understandable where he’s coming from, especially as United had just lost their unbeaten run, but a video of the pair dancing will not change anything.

What they need to do now is claim all three points against Leicester on Sunday and get back on the run that had seen them make wonderful progress under the Portuguese boss.

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