Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has disagreed with many in England by claiming Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling did not have a good World Cup.
Sterling finished the tournament with no goals and a solitary assist – against Panama – in six appearances, but his hard work and movement off the ball has won him plaudits from many.
However, Mourinho was blunt in his assessment of Raheem while doing punditry on Russia’s RT.
“I was a little bit surprised that Sterling was in the team,” the Manchester United manager said.
“He did not have a good World Cup.
“He didn’t have a good enough World Cup to be chosen for a match (vs. Belgium) ahead of [Jamie] Vardy, [Danny] Welbeck, [Marcus] Rashford – people with probably better condition from a physical and psychological point of view.”
Sterling scored 23 goals and registered 17 assists for Pep Guardiola’s double-winning Manchester City last season, and will hope for similar form next season as the Blues look to defend their title.