FRANK LAMPARD has jumped to the defense of former boss Jose Mourinho.
Lampard has claimed that if Manchester United fail to win the Premier League this season, then the blame should like the players and not the boss.
Mourinho’s side has stuttered in recent weeks after a strong start to their campaign.
Losses to Huddersfield and Chelsea either side of an unconvincing but vital win over Tottenham have ratcheted the pressure up.
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) November 10, 2017
MOURINHO IS A MANAGER THAT LIKES TO WIN
United fell eight points behind rivals Manchester City at the weekend, having suffered defeat against Mourinho’s former club. Mourinho’s style and results against top-six rivals have come under scrutiny, seeing him criticised.
But Lampard says it will be down to the quality at his disposal if they don’t end the season on top.
“Mourinho is a manager that likes to win and he has a way of winning. It’s different to Pep Guardiola, different to Antonio Conte and that’s his way,” he told Omnisport.
“If Manchester United don’t win the Premier League, for me it’s the quality of the players.”
UNITED WILL BE COMPETITIVE TOWARDS END OF THE SEASON
Though Chelsea’s all-time top scorer thinks that red devils will bounce back and be competitive at the end of the season.
“Manchester City have a very strong squad this year, Chelsea still has a very strong squad and I think particularly the first XI, if everybody’s fit, Chelsea are very strong.
“When I look at Manchester United, they’re there around that area, but maybe the other teams can be stronger.
“I certainly don’t think it’ll be the manager, and I actually do think that Manchester United will be competitive towards the end of the season, so we’ll see.”
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) November 10, 2017
Mourinho’s side has won just one of their past four league matches, having drawn with Liverpool (0-0) and lost to Chelsea (1-0) and Huddersfield Town (2-1). Portuguese has faced criticism for his defensive approach to some matches this season. United currently trail rivals Manchester City by eight points. Though Lampard thinks it is the quality of squad that is hindering the winning run of Jose’s team, not his playing style. Is it?