Jose Mourinho has had another dig at Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp, suggesting they are not at clubs big enough to make a signing like Manchester United’s world-record £89million capture of Paul Pogba.
Last Friday United manager Mourinho branded his Arsenal counterpart Wenger and Liverpool boss Klopp “not ethical” after they questioned the fee the Red Devils were reportedly set to splash out on bringing midfielder Pogba back from Juventus.
“It is completely crazy if you cannot afford to pay it,” Wenger said of the Pogba deal.
“If you can afford to pay it you can justify it,” Wenger said on Arsenal’s tour of the United States.
“It is completely crazy if you compare it to normal life. That is for sure.”
And following United’s announcement in the early hours of Tuesday morning that the Pogba deal was officially done, Mourinho told MUTV:
“I know the discussion, I understand that sometimes in football, things happen and the club breaks the record, but this is only possible at clubs like Man United.
“When I heard some of the comments and heard some of the managers criticising that, I don’t think they ever have this problem because to have this problem, you need to be at one of the top clubs in the world. So at Man United, it can happen.”
After missing out on qualifying for Champions League football for the second time in three seasons, Manchester United have splashed the cash this summer to strengthen the squad at new boss Jose Mourinho’s disposal.
The incoming manager soon identified the key areas to improve and the acquisitions of Eric Bailly, Henrik Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and world-record signing Paul Pogba will have supporters encouraged that the club has done just that.
Manchester United are still looking for someone to fill Sir Alex Ferguson’s shoes but, in Jose Mourinho, at least they have found a man who believes he has the right sized feet.
The former Chelsea manager is bruised after being sacked for a second time by Roman Abramovich but, apart from a miserable last few months at Stamford Bridge, his track record speaks for itself.
The Portuguese will feel he has a point to prove and with United’s considerable financial resources at his disposal it would take a brave man to bet against him bringing the glory days back to the club.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic also in town it’s clear that, whatever happens at Old Trafford this season, things won’t be dull.