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Souness Calls Out Mourinho For "Class" Comments

Souness Calls Out Mourinho For "Class" Comments

The fall-out from Manchester City's 'All Or Nothing' documentary continues with Graeme Souness sharing his thoughts on Jose Mourinho's comments about the Premier League champions lacking "class".

Mourinho was unhappy with the Amazon Prime documentary revealing comments from inside the City dressing room during their title-winning season, which he felt were derogatory towards himself and United.

I haven't seen it but I know a few things about the movie. My reaction is if you are a rich club you can buy top players, but you cannot buy class.

While Mourinho's unhappiness with his depiction in the documentary may hold some merit, his choice of using the word 'class' has caused a strong reaction with many quick to point out the numerous examples of disrespect he has shown over the years.

Speaking in the Sky Sports studio ahead of United's trip to Brighton, Graeme Souness highlighted the hypocrisy in Jose's reaction.

There isn't a dressing room or manager that doesn't talk about the opposition in a derogatory way when you're about to play them.

I don't think its right that City have dragged up interviews with Jose and De Bruyne, obviously that was a mistake. Every manager makes a mistake in selling a player that shouldn't be sold, it comes back to bite them.

But its rich that he is talking about class, I am specifically thinking of some of the spats with Arsene Wenger, that wasn't very classy.

Meanwhile during a pre-match segment for Facebook live, Gary Neville was quick to play down Mourinho's comments, instead seeing them as a positive thing for United that the Portuguese was turning his attention to their cross-city rivals rather than the internal disputes he has been involved in with the likes of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial in recent weeks.

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I thought Jose's stuff on city was...that's what I expect from Jose. I'd rather him be spiky and picking on his opponents than the internal stuff we've seen over the last few weeks where he's getting asked about his relationships with his players, his board. I think when he's having a go at his opposition that's what I like, that's what I want.

With Mourinho's propensity for responding publicly to unfavourable comments from the Sky Sports studio, it's likely that the debate about class or a lack thereof may rumble on.

 

 

Emmet Bradshaw

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