Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand responds to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham dig

Rio Ferdinand has responded to Jose Mourinho’s dig at his Tottenham squad (Pictures: YouTube)

Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand has accused Jose Mourinho of ‘creating a rift’ at Tottenham after he took another swipe at his Spurs squad.

The north Londoners dropped two points at relegation-battlers Newcastle United on Sunday, with Arsenal loanee Joe Willock’s late goal earning the Magpies a 2-2 draw.

Following the match, it was put to former Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Mourinho that his teams are usually good at defending leads and he responded: ‘Same coach, different players.’

Ferdinand believes Mourinho may have done more harm than good with his post-match assessment and said he ‘fears’ for the Portuguese manager and Tottenham as a club.

He told the FIVE YouTube channel: ‘Part of me understands Jose Mourinho. He has an ego, like all of us. He has pride and when you attack him he comes out fighting. I respect that a lot, I’ve got to say.

‘But in these situations, sometimes he thinks about himself before anything else. He maybe doesn’t think in that moment about the impact that can have on the changing room.

‘If I’m a player in that changing room, that is definitely casting doubt over me as an individual and us as a team. What that does to a changing room, man, it doesn’t galvanise them or bring them on side.

Joe Willock scored a late equaliser for Newcastle against Spurs

Joe Willock scored a late equaliser for Newcastle against Spurs (Picture: Getty)

‘It creates a rift, especially when you’re not getting results. If you’re winning and top of the league, you can say and get away with these type of things, but not when you’re looking for confidence and searching for consistency.

‘He’s not bringing the players on side with those comments, man. That’s why I fear for Mourinho and his squad, because those comments don’t bring people alongside him.’

Mourinho’s Tottenham are currently sixth in the Premier League, having won less than half of their domestic matches this season.

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Asked after the Newcastle draw if he has more work to do with the Spurs squad, Mourinho said: ‘I don’t think so. We work well, we work hard.

‘But there are mistakes which I probably shouldn’t even call mistakes because they are related to qualities that players have.

‘Looking at the second goal, it’s easy to understand because there’s three different moments – the cross, the ball at the far post where they won it, and then the ball in the face of the goal where our two centre-backs were in position. You can analyse it easily.’

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