Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has come in for some severe criticism in recent weeks Getty Images

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has insisted he is not bothered by the recent criticism he has received. The Portuguese coach has claimed he is unconcerned by outside opinions about his style and is instead focused on protecting his players.

Mourinho, 53, has enjoyed incredible success during his career, but has seen his team selection and tactics lambasted in light of United losing three games in a row. Despite the unwanted attention, the Premier League-winning boss is not allowing the chatter to distract him.

"I am not upset with anything, I am such a lucky guy that I can't be upset with anything," Mourinho explained ahead of United's weekend game against Leicester City, according to The Mirror. "The only thing that upsets me is the criticism to my players, my players are my players, I should protect them."

Mourinho's decision to publicly blame some of his own players for their recent setbacks has led to widespread criticism. In particular, Mourinho has been slammed after he criticised Luke Shaw's role in United's loss to Watford last weekend, while he overlooked sub-par performances from some of his more senior players, such as Wayne Rooney and Paul Pogba.

However, Mourinho has now claimed the heavy criticism his United side has received has come from "Einsteins", who need to make polarising statements in order to make a living. "I can't protect my players from you [the media], it is a feeling of frustration. With the Einsteins is fine, they need money," Mourinho said. "I am a good man, I am a man of good will. I do a lot of charity so why not feed the Einsteins as well?"

The outspoken coach also revealed that his pre-season ambition of winning the Premier League has been unaffected by their recent run of poor form. "I always said since day one that my title ambitions were motivational factors, I don't believe you can be at this club and say different," Mourinho explained.