Mourinho hits out at 'football's Einsteins'
'They have tried to delete 16 years of my career,' claims defiant United boss
Jose Mourinho has hit out at the criticism he has faced, claiming "football is full of Einsteins" who try "to delete 16 years of my career".
The under-pressure Manchester United manager was reacting after the EFL Cup Third Round tie away to League One Northampton Town - which his team won 3-1 after a laboured performance to set up a last-16 meeting with Manchester City.
The result followed three successive defeats - against City and Watford in the Premier League and away to Feyenoord in the Europa League - with Mourinho facing questions as to whether he can revive United this season and whether he can get the best out of captain Wayne Rooney who struggled to impress as a central striker against Northampton.
"We had a bad week," Mourinho admitted. "I know that some football Einsteins - football is full of Einsteins - I know that they try to delete 16 years of my career, they try to delete an unbelievable history of Man United Football Club and to focus on a bad week with three bad results. But that's the new football, it's full of Einsteins."
Mourinho's aggressive reaction is not unusual although it remains remarkable that a manager with his stature in the game and his record of achievement continues to lash out in this way when there is a debate about how he and his team are performing.
The victory over Northampton, however it was achieved, with United struggling to score until the introduction of second-half substitutes Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will help to settle things down as Mourinho prepares to face champions Leicester City at Old Trafford tomorrow lunchtime.
"We have three home matches now in a row and it is always good to be at home," he said with games to come against the Russian side FC Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League and then against Stoke City.
"If the fans have been disappointed with the last week, I understand completely but I am sure they will be behind the team like they always are," Mourinho said.
Among the scorers against Northampton was Ander Herrera - with Michael Carrick claiming the other goal - and the Spaniard also admitted the team had endured a "terrible week".
Herrera said he needed to add more goals to his game to stay in the United side as he pushes for a place against Leicester.
"I know my role and I know I am a midfielder, but when you want to make steps in your development then you have to score goals," Herrera said.
"I tried to do that and I shot before but the post didn't allow me to score. Finally I scored and I am happy, but overall after a terrible week we got the victory and now we can face Leicester in a better way.
"We are more positive and more optimistic. We want to be at the top of the table and we have to win; we are Man United. Of course we are playing against the last Premier League winners, the champions, so we have to respect them but we have to try to win."
Of the draw against City, Herrera added: "We can show again what we want to do. Two weeks ago we were very disappointed, because we lost in front of our fans against our city opponents. Now we have a chance to play against them, and I am sure it will be different… If we want to win the competition, we will have to beat the best teams."
Mourinho's team selection against Leicester will be fascinating with debate raging over whether Rooney should stay in the team and what position he should play. (© Daily Telegraph, London)