'United is the past' - Jose Mourinho speaks out after mid-season axing

Elena Summers
December 20, 2018

"There's managers in the past who have missed out on players". The club will appoint a caretaker manager for the remainder of the season in the coming days.

In the 24 hours that have passed since his sacking, recriminations have already begun with reports emerging from Old Trafford that Mourinho was unpopular with his players, had not spoken face-to-face with medical staff at the club in almost 18 months and had alienated the boardroom after wearing a hoody and trainers to a Munich air disaster memorial.

Wanted: A coach to restore Manchester United to its former status as a major force in European soccer. I can imagine the last few months especially were not a joy for anybody, especially him.

Mourinho had only put pen-to-paper on a new two-year contract until 2020 earlier this year, but having served as manager of the club for two-and-a-half years he has been giving his marching orders.

His relationship with Paul Pogba, United's record signing at $116 million and the marquee arrival in Mourinho's reign, appeared broken following a spat that started in the off-season. By the end, it felt as if Mourinho was unloved and increasingly alienated.

Interestingly, Mourinho's last game for United was the 3-1 bashing by Liverpool on Sunday, a performance that saw the Red Devils fall 19 points behind the Reds at the summit of the EPL log. "Manchester United is [the] past".

The former manager was widely respect for for his hugely successful career in charge of a number of football clubs, including Portugal's Porto and Britain's Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has broken his silence on his sacking, making a brief statement but refusing to divulge the juicy details of his departure.

Mourinho spoke for the first time publicly on Wednesday - shortly after United had confirmed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his replacement on an interim basis - and the 55-year-old stressed he was ready to move on. We could speak about so many good things, not as good, but that's not me.

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