Jose Mourinho fires back at Paul Scholes after 'embarrassing' tirade

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Jose Mourinho has defended Paul Scholes' right to express an opinion as "freedom of speech" after the Manchester United legend called the current manager "embarrassing".

Mourinho's position at United is coming under increasing scrutiny following the Red Devils' worst start to a league season in 29 years and apparent tensions between the Portuguese and Paul Pogba.

After finishing second in the Premier League last season, United are now 10th in the table after seven games, already nine points off league leaders Manchester City.

"We knew we would not create 20 chances".

The United skipper, however, played a straight bat after Tuesday night's game in an attempt to project cohesion and unity amid a hugely turbulent few weeks for the club.

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"One of them is that a team can lose matches - that is just a part of football - but the team must never, ever lost its dignity", Mourinho wrote.

Following the 0-0 draw with Los Che, Mourinho was asked whether or not he had heard what Scholes said.

Next up for Mourinho and United is a home match against Newcastle in the Premier League this weekend.

His next longest reign came with three complete seasons, at Real Madrid, whom he left after failing to deliver the then-required La Decima - a 10th Champions League trophy.

"I don't need to know what he [Scholes] said", said Mourinho.

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Talking on BT Sport, Scholes said: "I am sat here surprised he's here after Saturday".

"I think there are things that are hard for me to say".

He is the manager and it is down to him to get the players to do exactly what he wants them to do on the pitch.

"At the moment I don't see enough of them really digging deep and saying, "right I am going to take this game by the scruff of the neck, and make something happen".

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