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" .
Having been accused by Scholes of being "out of control" with regard to his news conference quotes, Mourinho showed impressive restraint when he faced the media at Old Trafford following the Valencia clash.
"I don't need to know what he said," said Mourinho. "He can say what he wants to say. I'm not interested."
When Scholes' comments were put to the Portuguese, he responded: "Freedom of speech. It's a free country, he can say what he wants."
United were booed at full-time, while cries of "attack, attack, attack" were heard during the second half.
"Freedom of speech," repeated Mourinho. "Especially Manchester United fans. I respect them 100 per cent."
The 0-0 draw on Tuesday set a new career low for Mourinho, who, for the first time, has gone four home matches without a win .
While much of the blame will fall on Mourinho for the club's struggles, the Portuguese manager pointed to a lack of quality in building from the back and his attacking players not being on form as the root of the issue .
Newcastle are next up for Manchester United and Mourinho will be desperate for a win ahead of the international break.