The Blues manager has been quick to back David Moyes on several occasions this term with the Scot under pressure in his debut season at Old Trafford. The man who was United legend Sir Alex Ferguson’s choice to succeed him as boss at the reigning Premier League champions admitted the situation is as bad as it gets following the Red Devils’ 2-2 draw with Fulham at the weekend.
“I feel sorry for them. I never enjoy when somebody is having some problems like they have,” stated Mourinho.
“But United is United and David is experienced enough. He is the right man for the job.”
Whether the outspoken Portuguese coach is sincere is a matter for debate but he has been uncharacteristically complimentary with regards to David Moyes since he took charge at Old Trafford. But, perhaps his expression of sympathy with the United boss is more of a reflection of United’s inability to pose a genuinely threat to Chelsea who now sit top of the Premier League table following their 3-0 win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Both Manchester City and Arsenal dropped points over the weekend but the late equaliser from Darren Bent at Old Trafford may prove to be costly for David Moyes whose side have won just two of their last 6 games in the league and sit in 7th place, 14 points off leaders Chelsea and 9 points off Liverpool in 4th.
Mourinho has shown no such sympathy for Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger this term.
This week Mourinho told the press the Chilean City boss ‘needs a calculator’ with reference to the spending at the Etihad this summer.
The Blues boss also criticised Arsenal boss Wenger for ‘always complaining’ so perhaps his sympathy for Moyes can be taken as a demonstration that Mourinho is unconcerned about the threat of David Moyes’ Manchester United.
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