Asked about giving Sanchez defensive instructions, rather than allowing the Chilean forward to play more of a free role, Mourinho offered an angry response.
“I think you are all, or many of you, are in a new sport! In England, some guys say the wingers shouldn’t defend,” he told reporters at this post-match press conference. “The next time I see David Beckham I’m going to ask him: ‘David, when you were playing right wing at Manchester United, when the opposition left-back attacked, do you stay looking at the stands? Or do you come back with the guy?’
“I’m going to ask David that. And everybody knows that I’m not big friends with Roy Keane or Paul Scholes, but I will ask them: ‘When your team lost the ball, did you drop back? Or did you stay walking on the pitch?’ Because now it looks like all the good players have to play free, and when the team has the ball, which I think is such a stupid thing to say.