The Italian press weren’t angry with what José Mourinho and Manchester United had to offer on Tuesday night, they were just disappointed.
Earlier on Wednesday, we covered the European reaction to the Red Devils’ rather tepid display at Old Trafford in the Champions League, where Chris Smalling was rated to be ‘as mediocre as his haircut’, while David De Gea ended up shining like a ‘flower in the rubble’.
But, that wasn’t enough, as Gigi Garanzini, writing a column for La Stampa about the game, relayed by TuttoMercatoWeb, went a step further, kicking Mourinho when he was already down, aiming for the squishier parts to inflict as much damage as possible.
First taking a shot at how Manchester United have fallen, he wrote: “Not that it’s a great feat in these grim times for United, but entering the ancient temple of Old Trafford and giving a show for the whole game leaves a great satisfaction.”
Following this by chiding Juventus for not finishing the job when they should have, as they had a few chances to make it 2-0, Garanzini then turns his attention to José Mourinho.
He said: “Mourinho’s style of play doesn’t appear to reach the fans, the critics, or worse, the players. A more and more pathetic Special One, doomed, as we also saw in the last game, to living in his memories.”
Say what you really mean, Gigi. We feel like you’re holding back.