'I wish I'd have had some of David Moyes' players,' says Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said ahead of David Moyes' first return to the club since he was sacked in April 2014 that he wishes he had enjoyed the galaxy of players which were at the Scot's disposal.
Mourinho offered no words of kindness when asked if he felt that the task of succeeding Alex Ferguson was even greater than his own.
"I don't mind," the Portuguese said. "I wouldn't mind to be at a club with great expectations but to have Ryan Giggs and Chicharito, I think (Nemanja) Vidic still in the team, (Patrice) Evra. I wouldn't mind."
Moyes, whose Sunderland side are third bottom of the Premier League, has called managing United "the impossible job", but Mourinho rejected that notion.
"I don't feel it as a burden," he remarked. "I feel the great history of the club as only a positive thing. The problem is if you have the conditions to follow that success of history. And then that's a different story"
The 53-year-old did acknowledge, though, that Moyes had a weaker group of players than Ferguson had at his disposal at United's peak.
"The only thing is Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Giggs and (Nicky) Butt - all those guys 25, 26, 27; it's another thing to have them at 31-32. Obviously that plays a part and in a certain period when David came the situation was not so easy, not so easy to go in that winning direction."
The United manager added: "I think a manager that's not sacked is not a manager, or at least is not a good manager," he declared. "We have to be sacked! I think it was just a bad moment in David's career and he has to do what I did, what we all do, move on and he did that. I think after Manchester United he went to Spain, also a different experience for him, then back to England."
Mourinho also threw his latest grenade at Arsene Wenger, implying that the Frenchman should have been censured for his comments about referees after Arsenal's defeat by Manchester City last week.
Wenger said officials were over-protected like "lions in a zoo," though did not break any rules in doing so.
"I'm not surprised," said Mourinho, who has faced two FA charges this season. "I can't say more than that. But I'm not surprised. When I read his quotes I felt there would be no problem … for him.
"It doesn't irritate me because I'm not happy with the problems others have. Some people, not just in football but in life, it looks like they are happy, not with the things they get but happy with bad things others get.
"I'm not like that. I'm not happy other people are in trouble or have problems. I'm just unhappy when I have them. That's it. It doesn't confuse me." (© Independent News Service)