Jose Mourinho takes cheeky shot at Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Man Utd at Champions League final | Football | Sport


Jose Mourinho fired a subtle dig at new Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe following Real Madrid’s victory against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final.

Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Junior were on target for the La Liga side as they waltzed to their 15th European title.

Jude Bellingham also shone for Los Blancos, who completed an unbeaten Champions League-winning campaign for the first time in their history.

And speaking after the final at Wembley, Mourinho – who spent three years as Real Madrid manager – was quick to praise the club’s structure and hierarchy.

The Portuguese tactician said: “It’s a simple structure. Owner, chief scout, manager.”

Rio Ferdinand was next to chime in, with the ex-United ace asking why clubs in the Premier League are ‘making up’ roles for behind-the-scenes staff.

To which Mourinho served up a typically coy response: “Because it’s trendy.”

It comes at a time when Ratcliffe and his INEOS group have been revamping the behind-scenes operations at Old Trafford.

The British billionaire has presided over the appointment of Jason Wilcox as technical director, as well as the ongoing chase for director of football target Dan Ashworth.

But it wasn’t the only criticism Mourinho had of his former employers on Champions League final night, with the 61-year-old also outspoken against current boss Erik ten Hag.

Commenting on the way Jadon Sancho was handled by the Dutch manager, Mourinho said: “But looking at myself as a coach, I did many times get the best out of young players and helped them to be what they were in the future.

“Other times I failed. For sure, even if it’s multi-factorial, we are part of it.”

He later added: “For us coaches with more experiences and many situations of deja vu as we get older, we try to help the players in the right direction.

“I think in this case, they look at it and for sure they try to analyse what happened at Man United and what happened and what he found in Dortmund.”

Though, the two-time Champions League winner did admit he struggled with aspects of the Old Trafford job, saying: “What happened at Man United…if I look to my own history, sometimes I failed with players.

“Sometimes I couldn’t create the right empathy, I couldn’t understand the player’s DNA and I couldn’t help players grow up in the right direction.

“The majority of times, yes, I did it but in some occasions I couldn’t.”

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