Jose Mourinho took yet another swipe at his critics in the aftermath of United’s 2-0 win over Benfica on Tuesday, telling BT Sport: ‘It’s better for the specialists to commentate on the game than for me to give my opinion.
‘I’m paid to work and to do my best, which I do every day. The specialists are paid to commentate.’
Despite already entering double figures for the season, Lukaku has not scored for United since the end of September and was criticised for his performances against Liverpool and Tottenham.
‘Sometimes I feel that a lot of people that are working in the media judge me, they don’t know how much of a student of the game,’ Lukaku told Sky Sports when asked about his doubters.
‘I am 24, you can’t judge me as a finished article. I’d rather improve year after year than go to the top and then decline.’
But former Manchester United and England defender Neville believes it is counter-productive to interact with critics and says it makes the club and its players look ‘weak’.
‘I think he’s done quite well,’ Neville said. ‘But there are two or three things I’d like to raise.
‘Don’t go on the defence all the time. We’re judging you as a United forward not an Everton striker – you’re a United player now and you’ll get judged that way.
‘His performances against Tottenham and Liverpool were not good enough. And why is everybody at that club talking about critics and pundits?
‘Not once did I do that at United. Why are they going on about it? Stop it – you’re making yourself look weak. Concentrate on your job and focus on that.’
Published at Sun, 05 Nov 2017 15:34:15 +0000