Jose Mourinho openly admitted that he didn’t like it when pundits said something about a manager’s decisions.
But as Sky Sports’ newest pundit, the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss was paid to give his opinion on what he watched at Old Trafford.
United ran out 4-0 winners on the day, with Chelsea failing to convert first half chances and ultimately being caught twice on the break in the second half.
In his capacity as TV pundit, Mourinho said: “One thing I was always very critical with is when I am the manager and you are the pundits sometimes you say things that I think to myself ‘you don’t know what is going on, what are you saying’.
“But if Willian is injured, I understand that feeling he’s not here, but if he’s not injured and is just late on his preparation, I don’t understand why he’s not here because to play 20 minutes, 30 minutes, you don’t need to be fit, you can come from three weeks of injury and if you come with the right mentality you are ready.
“If Kante can play 30 to 35 minutes, he can start the game.
“Maybe Frank listens to us and says ‘Kante it’s impossible to play’, but my feeling is today they had possibility to play with a team with more know-how. [Marcos] Alonso, [N’Golo] Kante, [Olivier] Giroud on the bench and to come to Old Trafford, even if this is not a huge Manchester United that used to scare people, it’s still Manchester United.
“A little bit of experience would fit well with the team. Look at the performance of Mason Mount, of Tammy Abraham, Christensen even, for matches of this dimension you need a little bit more.”
That opinion did not sit well with Lampard.
The first question during his post-match press conference centred on Mourinho’s opinion, specifically of Mason Mount.
“He didn’t like the performance of Mason Mount? Is that what he said?” Lampard asked.
“I can’t drag players out of the medical room, these are the players that played. We were better team in 45 to 60 minutes. They were ruthless. I’m not concerned about what anyone else says. I believe in the squad that we have. If we were more clinical then it could have been a different game