Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Britain’s pundits for sharing “bullsh*t” about Paul Pogba.
Mourinho used his press conference on Friday to dismiss claims that he and Pogba have not seen eye to eye over the past few weeks.
But the Portuguese did not stop at branding claims that Pogba was unhappy as “a lot of lies”.
Mourinho launched into a tirade against pundits, using the defeat to Newcastle as an example of how many continue to misconstrue Pogba’s position.
“The position is quite ridiculous to speak about,” he said. “I think we have, I don’t want to be – what’s the opposite of nice – I don’t want to be nasty with other country’s punditry industry but we have here the biggest punditry industry because there are hundreds of them with great background and knowledge in football.
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“I would like somebody to tell me which position you think Pogba played in against Newcastle. Anyone of you want to tell me?
“Okay midfield, but we played with one number six and numbers eights, or two six and one 10. We play with one six and two eights, we play with Matic as a six, Lingard on the right side of Matic and Pogba on the left side.
“You know which is the Pogba preferred system? 4-3-3? Do you know Pogba’s favourite position in 433? Eight on the left.
“So it’s easy and honest and objective to say Paul didn’t play well against Newcastle but some of the guys are paid millions, don’t let people read things that are not true, you are paid to read the game and explain the game, don’t say bullsh*t.
“He had a big injury in the season, big injury, he had a big injury, he almost went to surgery like Dembele in Barcelona with a similar injury, the decision was not to do it and go to a conservative treatment, everyone really happy.
“He was playing phenomenal after that and before that, he had a red card against Arsenal probably in his best match and the team’s best moment, he was out for a long long time and in this moment he is not playing well, period, and the team needs him at a good level, when he is not a good level the team is not as good.
“It happens with every team when the most crucial players are not performing. You don’t need to come with we want to sell him, you don’t need that, some people go in that direction, some of them I know for many many years and I know their surname is Liar, and that’s not nice. He plays tomorrow.”