Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insisted Friday he was unhurt by attacks on his players from football “Einsteins”, adding it was a very different matter when he publicly criticised his team.
Mourinho’s approach was called into question by various sections of the media during a run of three successive defeats that ended with United’s EFL Cup victory over third-tier side Northampton Town in midweek.
The Portuguese boss labelled the critics “Einsteins” for their know-it-all approach but said in a news conference on Friday they had not annoyed him.
“I am (not) upset with anything,” Mourinho said. “I am such a lucky guy that I cannot be upset with anything. I am upset with nothing.
“The only thing that upsets me a little bit is the kind of criticism to my players because my players are my players.
“I should protect them, I would love to protect them, and from you (in the media) I can’t. It is something that is completely out of my control.”
The former Chelsea manager added: “It’s like when you want to protect people and you can’t.
“I think it’s a feeling of frustration, but with me it’s fine and with the Einsteins it’s fine.
“The Einsteins need money to live, they can’t coach, they can’t sit on the bench, they can’t win matches.
“They can speak, they can write, they can criticise the work of other people, but I am a good man. I am a good man of goodwill. I do lots of charity, I help so many people, so why not also feed the Einsteins? That’s fine.”