Jose Mourinho has hit out at Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger after the pair’s comments on United’s proposed world-record bid to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are on the verge of completing a record-breaking £100 million deal for the Juventus midfielder, and the amount being paid has raised quite a few eyebrows, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger choosing to be more vocal on the subject.
Mourinho has hit back at their comments in his press conference in the build up to United’s match against Leicester City in the Community Shield.
Jose said: “I don’t like to speak about other clubs or players from other clubs, other managers they like to do that and speak about my club and my players. I’m very pragmatic on this. The only thing that matters for me is what happens in my house not my neighbours.
“I already heard two of my colleagues from other Premier League clubs and I have to confess I don’t like it. It’s not ethical. When others do that nobody says anything I don’t speak about the others, they can do what they want.
“We made decisions. We brought four players, not 10, who are Man United level and can really improve the squad. The others, it’s their problem they can do what they want.”
Tensions have already started flaring in what should be an exciting season, as the biggest brains in football are set to go head to head with each other.
When asked about his thoughts on the deal in his press conference, Wenger had called the fee “completely crazy”.
The Frenchman had stated: “It is completely crazy if you cannot afford to pay it. If you can afford to pay it you can justify it. It is completely crazy if you compare it to normal life. That is for sure. But we live in a world where every activity that is worldwide makes a lot of money.
“Football has become a worldwide competition and that is why clubs can afford to do it. Does it make sense in the way the player can give you that investment back? Nobody ever could calculate.
“Since I am in this sport I always thought the record cannot go higher and I was always wrong. Maybe in a few years it will be 200, 300 [million], who knows.”
Klopp was also asked about his thoughts on Pogba’s imminent move, and he responded by saying:
“If you bring one player in for £100m and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney. The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together. I’d do it differently if I could spend that money.
“That is how everybody in football understands it. You always want to have the best, but building the group is necessary to be successful.
“Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players. I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.”
After Mourinho hit back at their comments, the Portuguese hinted that he expects the deal to be completed by the start of United’s new Premier League campaign.
“Yes. We have 22 now and we are going to have 23. Paul Pogba is a Juventus player until officially he isn’t,” said the Special One.
“We stay like this but, honestly, the market closes on August 31 but I think my club is trying to do everything to close our market before August 14. Normally next week we will have our squad closed.
“We have four players that we think can really improve the squad and not just be one more. This is the profile of our market. A young defender that needs time to be a top one but who has top potential (Eric Bailly).
“A creative player that we know the quality (Henrikh Mkhitaryan), a super striker (Zlatan Ibrahimovic), and we are going to get a very good midfielder.
“We try for balance. I am happy with my squad. I am happy with the effort of the club.”