Former United boss Jose Mourinho slams club in latest interview

Jose Mourinho has been candid about his words about some Manchester United personnel in his appearance on John Obi Mikel's podcast.
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Jose Mourinho was fired by Manchester United at the back end of 2018 as a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool proved to be the last straw in an arguably glorious spell for the Portuguese.

Nearly five years on, the Red Devils have only won one trophy - the Carabao Cup - and the fanbase has realised the value of a man like Mourinho and his words which were heavily criticised back then.

The ex-Manchester United boss is now at AS Roma and enjoying a successful spell in the Serie A having recently guided the Giallorossi to the Europa Conference League - their first continental title. Recently, he appeared on Jon Obi Mikel's podcast and packed no punches when talking about Manchester United and his time there. He stated that there were a few personnel at the club who he considers "deadwood" since his time there.

Mourinho was quoted saying:

"“There are still people in that club, and when I say people I mean some players but also some other people that are not players, that are still there when I told [United] after two months: with these people, you are never going to do it [be successful]""

Jose Mourinho on current players


While Mourinho handled his words very diplomatically and did not name any Manchester United in particular, it is important to point out that only four players are still at the club from his era with the club. Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay are those four.

Martial, Shaw and Rashford were not in the manager's good books - the Frenchman was being persuaded to be sold by him, whereas Shaw and Rashford were openly criticised by Mourinho. McTominay meanwhile was in his good books and understandably, he is unlikely to have been on the Special One's mind when talking as appended.

It remains to be seen which figures from the board he has been talking about but it is clear that the 60-year-old has a few fingers pointing towards the higher authority. He was not backed in the transfer market like Erik ten Hag most recently has been, and Mourinho has made that clear, even when he would appear on Sky Sports' broadcast after losing his job at Old Trafford.