Former England midfielder Gerry Francis has insisted that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was right to criticise his players.

The Red Devils suffered a 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford. And Mourinho has come out criticising his players as he said that United players were masters in complication.

Speaking to Premier League Daily, Francis said: “You cannot fault what he has done and what he has achieved. The medals he has won, the trophies he has won in all different countries.”

“He is a phenomenal manager in terms of winning things. He does things differently to how I would do things in terms of the players.”

“Generally for me, it was always an in-house situation as in ‘we were good’ or ‘we were bad’ but Jose seems to change that around sometimes as in ‘they were poor but I’m still good’.”

“He does what he does and he has been very successful in doing that so can you fault him?”

“I watched the West Brom game and I agree with him 100 percent. United were overindulgent on the ball, they took too long and were slow in their build-up.”

“There were too many flicks and messing around and he was absolutely right. In many cases, they got what they deserved on the day. West Brom did very well.”


Mourinho has stressed that he is thinking to drop under-performing players for FA Cup semi-final showdown against Tottenham on Saturday night at the Wembley Stadium.