Soccer – Mick McCarthy puts Graeme Souness in his place over Mourinho criticism

Soccer – Mick McCarthy puts Graeme Souness in his place over Mourinho criticism

Former Republic of Ireland and Wolves manager Mick McCarthy last night made Graeme Souness look rather silly, during a post-match analysis session following Manchester United’s victory over Juventus.

Juventus 1-2 Manchester United

The Italian champions welcomed United to Turin for a crucial Champions League fixture for the visitors.

Following Juve’s win at Old Trafford two weeks ago, the Bianconeri had taken firm control of the Group H table.

Mourinho’s Red Devils, meanwhile, saw Valencia put Young Boys to the sword by 3 goals to 1 ahead of kick-off at the Allianz Stadium last night, meaning a positive result versus the bookies’ favourites for the Champions League became even more important.

And, in the end, despite Juventus largely dominating proceedings and missing countless clear-cut opportunities, a positive result was exactly what United picked up.

After Cristiano Ronaldo had given the hosts the lead with a stunning volley just past the hour mark, a superb Juan Mata free-kick 4 minutes from time was followed by a Leonardo Bonucci own-goal in the 90th-minute to see the English outfit emerge with a priceless 3 points.

Luke Shaw celebrates with Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini during the Champions League match between Juventus and Manchester United

Mourinho criticism

In the aftermath of the clash, though, as if often does, much of the talk surrounded Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese tactician responded to his side’s win by stepping onto the pitch and cupping his ear in the direction of Juventus’ fans, much to the annoyance of some of the home side’s players.

Mourinho has since faced criticism for his actions from a number of sources, with former Red Devils’ midfielder Paul Scholes having had the following to say last night on BT Sport:

‘You need to win with a bit of class.’

‘I don’t think there is any need for that. Go over and clap the away fans, shake the manager’s hand.’

‘It is needless but that is just the way he is.’

‘You’ve stuck the flag in the middle of the pitch in Turkey!’

Oft-controversial former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness was another to have criticized Mourinho, with the Scot having suggested that the United boss’ provocation could have resulted in ‘a riot’.

However, former Republic of Ireland, Sunderland and Wolves manager Mick McCarthy, who was sat alongside Souness in the Virgin Sport Studio at the time, was quick to remind the latter of some of his past indiscretions as a manager, much to the amusement of viewers:

Martin: Is he entitled to do this, Graeme?

Souness: No, 100% no. It could cause a riot. The Italians have just lost, he’s remonstrating with the supporters and the Juve players get involved with him. You can’t do that.

Martin: He’s probably got a lot of abuse from the fans since his time with Inter. He’s probably had a rough night.

Souness: We’ve both been managers, you get that anyway. That’s part of the deal. If your team is winning away from home, if your team’s not play, you get it. You’ve just got to take it on the chin.

McCarthy: I have to say, I don’t think you and I can sit here pontificating over Jose Mourinho when you’ve stuck the flag in the middle of the pitch in Turkey, and I’ve had an over-exuberant celebrations in front of the Norwich fans. We’re the last ones who can be doing that, to be honest.

For context, McCarthy was referring to an incident in 1996, when, during his time spent managing Galatasaray, Souness stuck a giant Gala flag in the middle of Fenerbahce’s pitch following a domestic cup final victory over their fierce rivals.

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