Jose Mourinho has hit out at critics for undermining his and Manchester United’s reputation following a difficult week that saw them lose three games at a stretch.

A rather difficult week for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho took a turn for the better when the Red Devils managed to come away with a 3-1 victory over Northampton Town in the EFL Cup to progress through to the 4th round of the competition.

However, after nearly a week of constant backlash from the media for his side’s poor performances, Mourinho came out and slammed the “Football Einsteins” for undermining his and Manchester United’s legacy at the back of just one poor week in the office.

Speaking to MUTV, the Portuguese said,”I know that some football Einsteins – football is full of Einsteins – I know that they tried to delete 16 years of my career. They tried to delete an unbelievable history of Man United football club and to focus on a bad week with three bad results. But that’s the new football – it’s full of Einsteins.”

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United looks on during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 21: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United looks on during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

After a promising start to the league season when they notched three victories on the trot, United faltered in their first major test of the season at home against city rivals Manchester City succumbing to a 2-1 defeat. The loss seemed to trigger a string of poor performances as they followed it up with defeats away to Feyenoord in the Europa League and Watford in the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney has been subject to immense criticism for his lackluster performances off-late and even lining up against a League Two side on Wednesday couldn’t change that for the England international. The 30-year-old’s performance standards are dipping and is leading to fans calling for his axe in favour of others in the squad.

There were also supporters who vented their frustrations at the string of poor performances from individuals and the team as a whole.

Even lining up against a League two side on Wednesday couldn’t change that for the England international. The 30-year-old’s performance standards have been drastically dipping leading to fans calling for his axe in favour of others in the squad.

Despite equal scrutiny from supporters, Mourinho said it was a different case with them and that he understood the fans’ feelings. He was quoted as saying,”I can understand clearly the disappointment if the fans are disappointed with the last week. I understand completely but I’m sure that with the team going back home [against Leicester City on Saturday] they will be behind the team like they always are.”

Goals from Marcus Rashford, Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera helped seal United’s 3-1 victory at League Two dwellers, Northampton Town. Mourinho will hope this result will galvanize his side ahead of the big clash against Leicester City on Saturday.

The 20-time league winners have a tricky run of fixtures over the course of the next one month including a visit to Anfield to entertain Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Hence, Mourinho will hope his worst days are behind him as he seeks to get his team back on track in the Premier League.

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