Jose Mourinho claims he is “not interested” in what Paul Scholes has to say following Manchester United’s 0-0 draw against Valencia.
Having been held at home by Wolves, knocked out of the Carabao Cup by second-tier Derby and humbled at West Ham, their winless run stretched to a fourth match as attention switched to the Champions League.
United pushed hard at the end but few would argue that Valencia did not deserve to leave Old Trafford with at least a point as Tuesday’s Group H encounter ended 0-0.
And ahead of the match, Red Devils legend Scholes labeled Mourinho “embarrassing” and said the Portuguese coach’s mouth is “out of control”.
“I don’t need to know what he said,” Mourinho said of Scholes. “He says what he wants to say. I’m not interested. Honestly, I’m not interested. Freedom of speech, free country, you can say what you want.”
Mourinho returned to that theme when asked about the Old Trafford faithful, who chanted “attack, attack, attack”, cheered under-performing Alexis Sanchez‘s withdrawal and booed at full-time.
“Freedom of speech, especially Manchester United fans that I respect 200 per cent,” he added.
That respect does not appear to extend to local police, who the United manager blamed for their late arrival at Old Trafford and kick-off being delayed by five minutes.
“We left the hotel at six o’clock hoping that 30 minutes would be enough, which normally it is,” he said.
“But this time the police refused to do an escort, so we come by ourselves and we took from the Lowry hotel 75 minutes.
“UEFA were nice, the referee was nice to allow us to start the game five minutes later because at least we need half an hour to be prepared.
“But it was not a problem with the club organisation, we tried everything, we anticipate everything the fact that it could be dangerous – dangerous in the sense of arriving late – but we were informed the police refused an escort.”