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Joey Barton: 'Jose Mourinho is not a good fit for Manchester United'

Barton: 'Mourinho not good for Man Utd'
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Former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton describes Manchester United as "lotto louts" and claims that Jose Mourinho is a bad fit for the club.

Former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton has claimed that Jose Mourinho is not a good fit for Manchester United following their 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.

The Red Devils slumped to their fifth defeat of the season to leave themselves 16 points behind leaders and local rivals Man City and only two clear of third-placed Liverpool.

Barton believes that the pairing of Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward are leading the club down a dangerous path, describing them as "lotto louts".

"I don't think [Mourinho] is the fit for them. Everytime there is a negative performance, a negative result, the fans [say] 'this isn't the United way, we don't play like this, he is not our kind of manager'," Barton told talkSPORT.

"I don't think he has done anything to endear himself to the Man United faithful. I don't think he is a perfect fit. Ed Woodward is a space cade. The fact he has got himself involved in a Dutch auction and given [Alexis] Sanchez the money he has given Sanchez and I think they pay over the top all the time for players all the time.

"When David Gill and that regime was there, the attraction of playing for Man United was the big thing, whereas now they are just outspending. They are like Michael Carroll and the Lotto louts, outspending everybody. If they don't sort it out quickly it is going to end up in tears for them because they are they are so far behind the team on the opposite side of the city."

United will now turn their attention to FA Cup duties, where they will take on Huddersfield Town in the fifth round on Sunday.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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