Jose Mourinho’s comments after Manchester United’s 4-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday attracted more attention that his team’s performance.
The Portuguese showed the strain of a disappointing summer by criticising the referees, the youth players and the club’s transfer activity.
It was a truly bizarre press conference.
Man United fans know that their team will be better when Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and David de Gea return.
But there are concerns surrounding the state of their manager.
It’s only 11 days until Man United’s season gets underway and they would hope for a more positive outlook from Mourinho.
Instead, the 55-year-old hit out at his youth players and excused Alexis Sanchez for looking moody against Liverpool.
“This is not our team, this is not our squad,” he said.
“We start the game with almost half of the players, they aren’t going to belong to our squad.
“On August 9, many of them are not going to be here. This is not our squad.”
He added: “Do you want Alexis Sanchez to be very happy with the players he has around him?”
Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Axel Tuanzebe and Demetri Mitchell were among the starters.
Mourinho’s comments were in complete contrast to those uttered by Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp about their own young players.
And Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher thinks Mourinho’s words could do more damage than Man United’s actual performance in the 4-1 loss.
“When he questioned the younger players after the Liverpool game, that would’ve wound the United fans up,” Carragher told talkSPORT.
“That was a massive kick in the shin for a club which has always had a youth player involved.
“That will have hurt them more than the result against Liverpool.
“If he continues to speak like that off the pitch, he may have as much of a problem if he doesn’t get results on it.”
If Mourinho is aware that some of the players won’t play a role for the club, then what’s the point in publicly criticising them?