Following the trashing of Manchester United out of the UEFA Champions League by Barcelona on Tuesday night, some fans of the club have taken to social media to appreciate erstwhile manager of the club Jose Mourinho.
Two first half goals from Lionel Messi who pounced on two mistakes from the visiting team and another goal from Philippe Coutinho ended the Red Devils’ hopes of another Camp Nou comeback as Barcelona breezed into the Champions League semi-finals on 4-0 aggregate.
Manchester United fans who are visibly angry with the team’s performance and their embarrassing exit from the Champions League took to Twitter to vent their anger and also appreciate Mourinho who was sacked last December following the club’s disappointing start to the season.
In a series of tweets that made Mourinho a trending topic on Twitter, the angry fans noted that the former manager who was disgraced out of the club over poor performance of the team was not fairly treated by the club management and fans.
In his reaction, Nigerian sports analyst Biola Kazeem wrote,
“United fans insulted Mourinho for this Martial. Man, Mourinho really suffered at United. Imagine a manager who has managed some of the greatest players ever being insulted by a deluded, myopic & visually challenged fanbase for a French Wayne Routledge. United fans have no sense.
“For the job he did with this team before he was sabotaged in the summer & criminalized for saying the same things the pundits, ex-players and fans are saying now, Mourinho actually deserves a statue in the centre circle at Old Trafford
“The people who assailed Mourinho when he was doing his job & accused him of every crime, shamelessly ignoring all the work he did because of hatred for his person now climbing a pedestal talmbout “Support the new manager.” The shameless hypocrisy is so funny.
“The funniest people here are the sanctimonious,puritanical hypocrites who think by simply hating Mourinho,they are better United fans than those who always saw the points he was making.The really funny thing is that actually Mourinho did more for United than they have ever done.”
The CEO of NairaBet Otunba Akin Alabi who is also a fan of Manchester United said he hopes the club would apologise to the former manager one day.
“One day, Man Utd will apologize to Mourinho.”
Nigerian film director, Imoh Umoren also wrote,
“They used to insult Mourinho for winning a football game, for daring to demand more from his players, For celebrating his team’s goal… How do you insult a man for celebrating his team scoring? They really humiliated a man just because he wanted his team to be better”
See some of the reactions:
Let me explain why people defend Mourinho so much, asides from the fact that he’s arguably the greatest football manager of all times, People that hated him manufactured all sorts of lies to discredit the guy and undermine him. Mourinho used to be insulted for winning games
— Imoh (@ImohUmoren) April 16, 2019
Solksjaer has now lost 5 games in the last 7.
That is something Mourinho has never done in an 18 year coaching career.
But since Solksjaer is playing and losing the United way, there’s no problem.
Manchester United officials and SOME of their fans are clowns.
— Olaleye Dada (@olaleyedada) April 16, 2019
Jose Mourinho finished second in the Premier League last season and won against Ajax in the Europa League final with this current Manchester United side.
Even if you hated his tactics during his time at Manchester United, Jose deserves some credit.
— Devils of United (@DevilsOfUnited) April 16, 2019
“Mourinho cost Martial a world cup medal.”
Maybe U17 world cup.Because it is not his type that they are looking for at the world cup. No serious manager will take a player with ZERO ambition & personal DESIRE get bette. Only thins he is excellent at is sulking & playing victim.
— Babanla (@biolakazeem) April 16, 2019
Whatever was wrong with @ManUtd wasn’t the fault of Jose Mourinho and hasn’t gone away with his dismissal. The “superstars” are not superstars the “utility” players are substandard and some are simply over-the-hill. We are in a bad way.
— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) April 16, 2019
Alot of our fans need to apologise to Jose Mourinho… He really loves this club but we disrespects him to defend these crap players SMH… The truth is bitter but it’s gradually coming out #MUFC
— One Love (@abbausmanUK) April 16, 2019