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Following Chelsea’s loss at Manchester United last weekend, former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho criticised Frank Lampard for playing Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Andreas Christensen. According to Mourinho, Lampard should have played more experienced players.
Former Premier League midfielder Robbie Savage believes Mourinho was wrong to criticise Lampard because he failed to give youth a chance during his time as Chelsea boss.
Savage believes Mourinho, who sold the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne during his time as Chelsea boss, is out of place to criticise Lampard.
“Jose Mourinho made me laugh when he dug out some of Chelsea’s young players after the 4-0 defeat at Manchester United,” Savage told The Mirror.
“As a manager, Mourinho was never afraid to hammer pundits whose opinions were out of line with his own views.
“And yet, on his Premier League debut as pundit, he couldn’t wait to get stuck into Frank Lampard’s youthful starting XI at Old Trafford, claiming: ‘For matches of this dimension, you need a little bit more.’
“I love listening to Mourinho’s views on football, and I have nothing but respect for his track record as a manager.
“But I thought it was a bit hypocritical of him to have a go at Chelsea’s youngsters – because they hardly got a look-in when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge.
“Mourinho might turn round and argue that he didn’t need to pick kids because he was winning trophies, including three titles, with experienced players or expensive signings.
“But he was also the manager who decided Romelu Lukaku (aged 21) and Kevin De Bruyne (23) were surplus to requirements at Chelsea. And he sold Leonardo Bonucci as a 22-year-old when he was at Inter Milan.
“Jose gives great insight, but I thought his comments were very harsh on Mason Mount, whose performance at Old Trafford was admirable. And Tammy Abraham showed exciting glimpses of his promise, too.
“New Blues manager Lampard, who was the best possible appointment in a difficult predicament for the club, was quick to defend his players. Good for him.
“And with Mourinho watching from the pundits’ box, someone pointed out it was possibly Manchester United’s best result since he came to Old Trafford. Ouch.”