Jose Mourinho took a swipe at Paul Scholes and other critics after Manchester United got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory at Everton.
The Old Trafford boss has been angered by recent comments from former United midfielder Scholes claiming record signing Paul Pogba was ‘just strolling through games’ and ‘doesn’t look fit’.
But Pogba played an influential role as United ended a run of three successive Premier League draws at Goodison Park on New Year’s Day.
MATCH REPORT – Everton 0-2 Manchester United: Red Devils return to winning ways
And manager Mourinho took the opportunity to hit back following the game, criticising the United legend’s career as a pundit and also appearing to suggest Scholes is jealous of the French star’s wealth.
“I think the only thing Paul Scholes does is to criticise, which is a different thing,” said the Red Devils boss.
“Not every one of us has to be phenomenal like he was as a player. That doesn’t all mean we have to be phenomenal.
“Paul tries to do his best all the time and sometimes he plays very well. Sometimes he doesn’t play so well.
“It’s not Paul’s fault that he made much more money than Paul Scholes. It’s not Paul Pogba’s fault, it’s just the way football is.
“But I think Scholes will be in the history (as) a phenomenal player, but not as a pundit. I prefer to look at him as a phenomenal player that gives so much to the club I am proud to represent.
“Every day I try to do my best. If one day Paul decides to be a manager, I wish he can be 25 per cent as successful as myself. Fifty per cent is 12-and-a-half silverware, 25 per cent is around six (trophies). If he is 25 per cent he will be quite happy.”
Mourinho also took aim at the club’s ‘Class of 92’ stars, branding them ‘the kings of rock and roll’ while also appearing to admit his frustration with their desire to be involved in the club.
He added following the victory at Goodison Park: “I think they would love to be here, in the club. That’s a problem that I cannot resolve.
“The performance was really good, so maybe I’m lucky this time and the kings of the rock and roll that said I was underperforming last match maybe will say this time I performed.”