Manchester United legend, Ryan Giggs, criticized Manchester United players for “swapping shirts and laughing” with their Chelsea counterparts after badly losing 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea handed Manchester United their biggest defeat in the Premier League since 2011. Annoyingly and ironically, this happened on Jose Mourinho’s first appearance back at Stamford Bridge since being sacked as Chelsea manager last December by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. The total defeat was also United’s biggest in the league since losing 6-1 to Manchester City in 2011.
Photo: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) was among the Manchester United players who swapped shirts after the Chelsea defeat | Reuters.
Several United players were seen warmly and happily embracing Chelsea players after the match and some swapped shirts. Speaking after the match, United’s all-time record appearance holder, club legend and former United assistant manager, Ryan Giggs, strongly expressed his displeasure with the attitude shown by the United players after a humiliating defeat against their West London rivals.
According to the Daily Mirror, Giggs said:
“You can get beat in a football match, but then when you’re getting beat and you’re swapping shirts – which is something I don’t like, call me old fashioned. If you get beat 4-0, you congratulate the opposition, you thank the supporters and then you get off the pitch. You don’t stand around on the pitch swapping shirts and laughing with the team that’s just beat you.”
– Ryan Giggs, Manchester United legend
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte refuted suggestions that he tried to “humiliate” United’s Jose Mourinho during the 4-0 win over Manchester United. Jose Mourinho exchanged heated words with Chelsea’s Italian coach, Antonio Conte, at the final whistle at Stamford Bridge, with Sky Sports reporting that the Portuguese coach was unhappy with Conte’s attempts to encourage the home fans to make more noise with the score card at an ‘astronomical’ 4-0.
The Italian coach was quoted as saying:
“Nothing happened with Jose, especially as my behavior seemed normal. I didn’t make fun of anyone, as I always demand respect. If you want to cut the emotions, we can stay at home and I will change jobs. I did something absolutely normal. I didn’t do anything to humiliate Mourinho”
– Antonio Conte, Chelsea boss
How can people who were sorely and thoroughly destroyed at a bridge too far in west London – be jubilating and exchanging, or is it, swapping jerseys with their victorious counterparts – after a total 4-0 humiliation unprecedented in the history of a manager’s comeback to his old bridge hangout. I was also miffed and angry with the reds for embarrassing me on the Bridge.
I agree with Ryan Giggs . . .
Up Man U!