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Jose Mourinho has a dig at Michael Owen after Zlatan criticism

The Man United boss appeared to take exception to the BT Sport pundit’s comments.

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JOSE MOURINHO EVIDENTLY was unimpressed with Michael Owen’s recent assessments of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

In an interview with BT Sport’s Jake Humphrey broadcast last night, Mourinho claimed that the presenter’s colleague “doesn’t like” Ibrahimovic, saying: “The reality is that Zlatan will score more goals in one season than Michael Owen (did) in three seasons at Man United. 17 in three seasons (was Owen’s record). Zlatan is almost there in six months, so he’s not a bad choice for us.”

In response, Michael Owen explained that he thought the original comments related to his assertion that the Swedish striker was not a long-term solution for Man United.

A smiling Owen added: “I think my goals were of more value to Man United because I cost about 10% of what Zlatan’s on a week.”

It is not the first time of late that a manager has put the spotlight on a pundit for criticising his team, with the Neville brothers, Jamie Carragher, Loris Karius and Jurgen Klopp previously involved in a war of words, while Pep Guardiola made reference to Stan Collymore in the wake of Man City’s defeat by Leicester.

Cynics may suggest managers are deliberately employing this tactic to deflect media attention away from their team’s shortcomings, while the publicity it generates is unlikely to do the pundits in question any harm either.

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