Jose Mourinho has fallen out with MUTV, Manchester United’s official TV station, over criticism of his team.
Writing in the Sunday Mirror, Steve Bates reports that Mourinho has refused to speak to the channel after getting angry at questions from Stewart Gardner, a presenter for MUTV.
Unsurprisingly, Bates writes that the club believe Mourinho to be over-reacting.
‘I can reveal manager Mourinho has withdrawn co-operation for pre- and post-match interviews with presenter and commentator Stewart Gardner,’ Bates writes.
‘The Special One took exception to questions from Gardner following the 1-1 with West Ham at Old Trafford on November 27 – their fourth home draw in a sequence of disappointing Premier League results.
‘I understand Mourinho was unhappy with being quizzed on the club’s own TV channel about United’s stuttering league form and made his feelings known to Gardner and the club’s media team after the match.
‘And for the three games which have since followed – against West Ham in the EFL Cup, the Premier League draw away to Everton and the Europa League win at Zorya Luhansk in Odessa – he has refused to take questions from Gardner.’
This is an embarrassment for Mourinho, obviously. United have never had a successful manager who has fallen out with, and refused to speak to, a broadcaster.