‘Manchester United’s Problems Are The Players, The Organisation, The Ambition’: Jose Mourinho Blasts His Former Club
The 56-year-old was sacked as United boss back in December after a disappointing start to the season saw United fall way behind their top-four rivals and a public falling-out with record-signing Paul Pogba on the training ground.
When asked in a recent interview with L’Equipe whether French midfielder Paul Pogba was the biggest problem at Manchester United, Mourinho said:
‘The problems are there, you can say that these are the players, the organisation, the ambition, I only say that I cannot say yes when you ask if Paul was the only one responsible,’ Mourinho told
‘I said nine or 10 months ago that after winning eight championships, finishing second with United may have been my greatest achievement,’ he added. ‘Now people understand.
‘I do not always do my analysis publicly on Manchester United. I do not want to talk about it and I have the feeling that I do not need to speak, that time gives explanations.
‘About United I want to say only two things: One is that time has spoken. Two is that the problems are still there.’
Mourinho also took a thinly veiled swipe at his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘Generally, the players can feel a certain erosion, especially when you ask a lot of them.
‘When I say that the second season was fantastic, I say it because the potential and the objectives were met.
‘I really squeezed, like an orange, to achieve them. When you have a very professional group of players who are ambitious, hard-working and talented, at a structured club, you don’t have that erosion.
‘When you are almost alone, in that you don’t have the support of the club close to you, while certain players go somewhat against the coach, who is the nice guy.
‘I don’t want to be the nice guy, because the nice guy, after three months, is a puppet and that doesn’t end well.’