Jose Mourinho says Manchester United’s critics are choosing to ignore the football his team played at the start of the season before he was robbed of Paul Pogba.
United have come in for criticism in recent weeks after a dour performance at Liverpool and a series of displays that fell short of the scintillating football they played in the opening weeks of the season.
Since then, Mourinho has been without record signing Pogba, who injured his hamstring during the opening Champions League clash with Basel.
The United boss says other managers, inferring particularly towards Antonio Conte, would have moaned about the injury problems he has had to cope with during a run that has seen United lose just one game.
He said: “I think it’s my fault because I should cry every week about our injuries.
“I think any other manager would be speaking about Pogba every day – ‘Oh I don’t have Pogba, oh when I have Pogba, oh 10 matches without Pogba, oh all the Champions League group phase without Pogba, oh all the big matches against Liverpool, against Chelsea, against Spurs without Pogba’. I don’t speak about Pogba one single time.
“I really think that you and the specialists, you know the football that we were playing in the beginning of the season.
“I know that you know that, you just pretend because it’s convenient for you to pretend that this didn’t exist. We miss our players of course and we had to play big matches without them, and probably we are going to play one more without them again.”