'Maybe it's better to have holidays in Barbados!' - Mourinho fires back at TV pundits over reaction to Rashford miss

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The manager was criticised for his shake of the head following the Man Utd striker's early miss but he insists he would "never, never blame a player"

Jose Mourinho has hit back at pundits who criticised his reaction to Marcus Rashford's missed chance against Young Boys on Tuesday.

The Manchester United manager turned to the crowd and shook his head after the 21-year-old passed up an opportunity early on in the Champions League clash at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese's reaction sparked criticism from Gary Lineker, who tweeted : “Turn to the crowd and your own bench and shake your head in disgust at one of your own players, let alone a youngster. You just don’t do that as a coach."

But Mourinho says his reaction was not aimed just at the 21-year-old forward, as he grew frustrated with his team until Marouane Fellaini scored an injury-time winner.

“We don’t score enough goals but it is not about Marcus,” Mourinho told reporters. “It is about us as a team, it is very difficult for us to score goals but Marcus makes the movement, makes the runs, works hard when the team has the ball and doesn’t have the ball. 

“I can never, never blame a player because of missing chances. Can I have on the touchline – where not a lot of the ones that comment on football, they were there; not many of them were there – can myself or another manager have a reaction of frustration? 

“I would invite that people sit on the bench as managers, but I think maybe it is better to have lots of holidays in Barbados and go to the television screen and touch the electronic dummies, I think it is much more comfortable than being on the touchline like we managers are. 

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“A proper football manager would never criticise another one because it’s deja vu for them. For the ones with a nice life it is different.”

Mourinho then refused to be drawn into an argument with Paul Scholes when asked about the former midfielder's claim that United should have won easily against the Swiss side.

“I’m not going to comment on Mr Scholes. I’m not going to comment," he said.

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