Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has hit out at those criticizing him over his tactics, by stating that good defending is not a crime.
United kept their ninth clean sheet in just 13 games this season, after a 1-0 win over Benfica in Champions League Group A in Lisbon on Wednesday night.
It came just four days after Liverpool fired blanks against Mourinho’s side in a 0-0 draw at Anfield, a result that prompted some accusations of negative football.
“Not that I read it a lot, but sometimes when I read the press, not only English but Portuguese, I feel that sometimes defending properly is seen as a crime but it is not.
“That’s why we controlled the game because we defended properly and the goal was not against the current of the game, but we end up ending the game and we are almost qualified so that’s it,” Mourinho told a news conference.