Jose Mourinho names four ‘spoilt’ Man United stars

Jose Mourinho criticises some of his Man United players for lacking maturity

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: UEFA / Handout

Jose Mourinho has named four current Manchester United stars when talking about footballers’ lack of maturity on Spanish TV.

The Red Devils boss has criticised Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw for lacking “character” at Old Trafford.

It has been a difficult start to the season for the Red Devils, with Manchester United having failed to find consistent form in the Premier League table to leave them well off the pace in the race for the title.

Indeed, Manchester United are currently in eighth place and 12 points behind leaders Manchester City heading into this weekend’s round of games.

Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure at Old Trafford of late and he has not been afraid to criticise his Manchester United players.

And the Portuguese coach has seemingly pointed the finger at some of his current players once again in an interview in Spain.

Speaking in an interview with Univision, as quoted by Metro, Mourinho said: “They are lacking maturity. And let me be clear when I say maturity, I mean maturity on a personal level.

“We had more men, we were more mature, we were more prepared for life, we were less protected.

“They are spoilt kids now, the kids of today have a different life, an easier environment and I’m talking about the people around the players.

“These people give them too much affection and too many excuses. People mature much more slowly now.

“Luke Shaw, he’s got big potential but doesn’t know how to behave. Big potential, yes, big potential.

“We’re talking about Luke Shaw, Martial, Lingard, Rashford – young, big potential, but at the end of the day it results in the word I cannot say [cojones], but you use it a lot here… character, personality, they lack a little.”

Manchester United will return to Premier League action on Saturday when they host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have not won the Premier League since their final triumph under Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013.

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