Wednesday 13 November 2019

'He's a very, very immature guy' - Eamon Dunphy blasts Jose Mourinho over handshake antics

Stoke manager Mark Hughes and Manchester United manager. Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images
Stoke manager Mark Hughes and Manchester United manager. Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images Newsdesk Newsdesk

Eamon Dunphy has hit out at Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after he refused to shake Mark Hughes' hand following the Red Devils' 2-2 draw with Stoke on Saturday.

Mourinho ignored the Stoke boss at the final whistle after a hotly-contested encounter, and Hughes was quick to voice his displeasure at his counterpart's behaviour.

Speaking on 2FM's Game On last night, Dunphy said Mourinho's actions were 'petulant and silly' and added that Hughes was right to be annoyed after the game.

"I think Mark told him to F off," Dunphy said.

"I'm pretty good at lip-reading! He's no shrinking violet Mark Hughes.

"Anyone who remembers him as a player, he's a hard man. Mourinho is petulant and silly. He's not a very stable character.

"I don't think Mark Hughes did anything wrong. He was probably winding Mourinho up. It was good for his team, and I thought he was right in the circumstances. It's churlish, childish, petulant, use whatever word you want. He's a very, very immature guy."

Dunphy was also critical of Everton's performance in their 3-0 home defeat to Spurs, which comes after a summer of spending. The RTE pundit even had a one-liner for Ronald Koeman after the Toffees slipped further down the table.

"Everton were shocking. They'd too many youngsters playing," he said.

"Too many new players coming into a team at once is never good. Like Ireland, they missed Seamus Coleman badly. It will take a while to gel. He's got to be careful Ronald Koeman. He's lucky he's not managing Crystal Palace!

"They were completely destroyed by Spurs. Everton need to get their act together very quickly. Their expectation is to be a top six or seven team. The way they played on Saturday, that won't happen."

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