9 players who've been publicly savaged by Jose Mourinho

Luke Shaw is not alone. These stars have also felt the wrath of Jose despite playing football under his management

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“I cannot compare the way he trains and commits, the focus, the ambition. He is a long way behind.”

So said Jose Mourinho a year ago, contrasting a then-21-year-old Luke Shaw with some of his Manchester United team-mates.

Things only seem to have deteriorated between in the 12 months since, and Mourinho has continued to criticise his beleaguered left-back. Yet for all the titles and trophies the Portuguese won at Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid, plenty of his playing staff have found themselves in the crosshair of the self-styled “happy one”...

Ricardo Carvalho

The Portuguese defender was the go-to guy for a number of Mourinho sides, lifting the Champions League alongside his compatriot at Porto, before spells in the trenches at Chelsea and Real Madrid. A fine defender in his prime, the now-39-year-old is still playing in the twilight of his career with Shanghai SIPG.

It wasn't always rosy between the pair, though. Carvalho took umbrage with losing his place to William Gallas for the first game of the 2005/06 season, and Mourinho was quick to bring down the hammer on his player for sniping his discontent in the press.

“Ricardo Carvalho seems to have problems understanding things; maybe he should have an IQ test,” the Blues boss suggested. “I am not happy to have heard about this through the papers. Ricardo has worked with me for four years and I do not understand these quotes, he probably needs to see a doctor.”


A player who regularly featured in the national team alongside Carvalho, Pepe also spent 10 seasons at Real Madrid, collecting three La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues.

As an influential member of the dressing room, Pepe felt it was his place to defend Los Blancos legend Iker Casillas after Mourinho dropped the World Cup winner.

As the centre-back defended his skipper, Mourinho saw an ulterior motive for the defender’s actions. "Pepe has a problem. And his name is Raphael Varane," said Mourinho in 2013, in reference to Madrid's emerging French defender.

"That's the whole story. It isn't easy for a man aged 31 with a lot of experience behind him to be blown out of the water by a kid of 19. It's very simple. The problem is very simple. Pepe's life has changed."

Sulley Muntari

Muntari was a surprise £12m capture for Inter from Portsmouth in 2008, but went on to play 27 Serie A matches in each of his first two seasons at San Siro - the latter in their triumphant treble-winning campaign.

Yet at the start of that season, Mourinho drew criticism from the Islamic community after questioning Muntari’s fasting during Ramadan. The Inter manager claimed it had a detrimental effect on his football, and substituted his Ghanaian midfielder just half an hour into a game against Bari.

“Muntari had some problems related to Ramadan; perhaps with this heat it's not good for him to be doing this [fasting],” Mourinho said afterwards. “Ramadan has not arrived at the ideal moment for a player to play a football match.”

Eden Hazard

Hazard enjoyed two productive campaigns under Mourinho during the latter's second spell at Chelsea between 2013 and 2015, netting 14 goals in each of the 2013/14 and 2014/15 campaigns – the latter a Premier League-winning season.

But despite their domestic success together, the pair exchanged bitter words in the press following Chelsea’s Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid.

After Hazard explained to French media that Chelsea “were not set up to play football”, Mourinho fired back with some not-so-subtle insinuations of his own.

"It's normal because he's not the kind of player ready to sacrifice himself 100% for the team and for his mates," claimed Mourinho. "Eden is the kind of player who is not so mentally ready to look back at his left-back and live his life for him."

Joe Cole

The English playmaker was heralded as one of the finest midfielders of his generation and a potential superstar during his youthful days at West Ham. Chelsea signed him for just under £7m in 2003 after Roman Abramovich's takeover in west London, and he kicked off his career at Stamford Bridge with an important goal against Liverpool.

Although Cole showed promise going forward, though, Mourinho was unhappy with his player's defensive displays – disdain which has often been reserved for the Portuguese's attacking players. 

“He has a lot to learn,” said Mourinho. “I think he has two faces - one beautiful and one I don't like. He must keep one and change the other one. When he scored the goal the game finished for him. After that, I needed 11 players for my defensive organisation and I had just 10.”