Jose Mourinho usually likes speaking his mind, with the Portuguese tactician being blunt with his words. Recent months have seen Mourinho fire constant shots towards Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag. The Dutchman hasn’t shied away from the verbal debacle, with Ten Hag clapping back in a recent press conference. With his point countered, Jose Mourinho has no plans of sitting idle, with the ex-United boss firing another shot at Ten Hag using Cristiano Ronaldo as an example!

In a video with trading card brand Topps, fans saw Mourinho selecting the best players for his Euro 2024 starting XI. The ex-United boss used this as a chance to fire another subliminal at ten Hag, claiming, “I have to be respectful. History is history. I have to be respectful. Cristiano [Ronaldo] can never be on the bench. When he retires, when he doesn’t retire, he has to play!”


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Fans were quick to relate this to Erik ten Hag, considering his unpleasant relations with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Al Nassr skipper lambasted Erik ten Hag following his exit, claiming the Dutchman did not treat him with respect and thus he had to respect him in return. Jose Mourinho has been vocal about his frustrations with ETH, adding the Manchester United board used to sack other managers for less!

Jose Mourinho slams Erik ten Hag for his subpar run with Manchester United

The former Manchester United boss launched a tirade against Erik ten Hag earlier this month, criticizing him for his time at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho claimed the Manchester United board did not give him the same level of time and he could have produced better results if he received similar support.


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The Portuguese tactician claimed, “What Erik ten Hag has in his time at Manchester United I didn’t have. I didn’t have that level of support. I didn’t have that level of trust. So, I left sad because I felt I was in the beginning of the process. In some moments, I felt if they trusted me and believed in my experience, things could be different.”


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Well, the Dutchman did not take it lying down with the United boss claiming no boss apart from Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson has got the players they wanted during the transfer window. However, fans have been quick to jump on the manager for his words, with the United board spending a crazy amount to sign his required names. Do you think Jose Mourinho is right in criticizing Erik ten Hag? Sound off in the comments below.

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Saurabh Saket


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Saurabh Saket is a senior Soccer writer at EssentiallySports. He is a passionate Borussia Dortmund fan despite them not lifting the League title in the last twelve years. With a background in journalism, Saurabh excels in creating engaging content for the soccer fanatics out there.
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Jacob Gijy