Jose Mourinho says Manchester United still have players and staff he warned weren't good enough back in 2016… with FOUR first-teamers remaining in Erik ten Hag's squad
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Jose Mourinho says Manchester United still have players and staff he warned weren't good enough back in 2016… with FOUR first-teamers remaining in Erik ten Hag's squad

Dec 21, 2023

Jose Mourinho has revealed several players and staff he told Manchester United couldn’t succeed there remain at the club even now.

The Portuguese was in charge at Old Trafford between the summer of 2016 and December 2018.

He led United to success in the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League during his first season, before a second-place Premier League finish behind Manchester City in his second campaign.

But his tenure unravelled in his third season following poor results and a rift with high-profile players including Paul Pogba.

Mourinho took aim at United’s stagnation on and off the pitch by expressing surprise at how little has changed now Erik ten Hag is manager.

Jose Mourinho has expressed his surprise at the stagnation at Manchester United, saying players and staff he advised they get rid of in 2016 remain at the club even now

Jose Mourinho has expressed his surprise at the stagnation at Manchester United, saying players and staff he advised they get rid of in 2016 remain at the club even now

United lifted the UEFA Europa League during Mourinho's first season in charge in 2016-17

United lifted the UEFA Europa League during Mourinho’s first season in charge in 2016-17

He claimed certain players and personnel he told United to jettison in 2016 remain there now under manager Erik ten Hag

He claimed certain players and personnel he told United to jettison in 2016 remain there now under manager Erik ten Hag

‘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]. And they are still there,’ he told John Obi Mikel’s Obi One podcast.

In the playing squad, only Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay remain from Mourinho’s first season referenced.

The club’s unpopular American owners, the Glazer family, remain in situ although petrochemicals billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is poised to take control of football operations after his £1.25billion buy-out of 25 per cent of the club.

United failed to win a single piece of silverware in the six years between 2017 under Mourinho and the Carabao Cup triumph of Ten Hag’s side earlier this year.

They did achieve a second-placed finish under Solskjaer in 2020-21, the same season they lost to Villarreal in the Europa League final.

Mourinho also took them to the FA Cup final in 2018 but they lost 1-0 to his old club Chelsea.

He did heap praise on outgoing United chief executive Richard Arnold, however, describing him as an ‘amazing person’.

United announced Arnold’s departure in November as part of an expected major reshuffle behind the scenes as Ratcliffe comes in.

Mourinho famously never saw eye-to-eye with Luke Shaw but he remains United's left-back

Mourinho famously never saw eye-to-eye with Luke Shaw but he remains United’s left-back

Anthony Martial was in his second season with United when Mourinho arrived at the club

Anthony Martial was in his second season with United when Mourinho arrived at the club

Marcus Rashford had only just emerged at United in 2016 and has enjoyed a very good career

Marcus Rashford had only just emerged at United in 2016 and has enjoyed a very good career

The Glazer family retain control of Manchester United and are increasingly unpopular

The Glazer family retain control of Manchester United and are increasingly unpopular 

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Patrick Stewart has taken on the role on an interim basis with one of Ratcliffe’s key aides, the INEOS Sport chief executive Jean-Claude Blanc, viewed as a potential replacement.

‘They still have a CEO who is an amazing person, who I would love to have had during my time there, that’s Richard Arnold, who is probably now leaving,’ Mourinho said.

‘I had him as a Commercial Director, not a CEO, and I would love to have had him on my side in my time there, but the club wasn’t easy. I don’t have regrets because I gave everything. 

‘The Man United fans know I gave everything, they know how much I love the club. I went there once with Sky, I was in the box giving my comments and the whole stadium turned to me applauding and singing for me.

‘If that happens when I go to Inter, Real Madrid, Porto or Chelsea you say it’s because of everything we won. 

‘But when you go to Man United, a club with that history, and they do that for a coach who only won a Europa League, League Cup, Charity Shield and finished second, you arrive at the conclusion that they know I gave everything I could.’

Jose Mourinho has labelled Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold an 'amazing person'

Jose Mourinho has labelled Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold an ‘amazing person’

Arnold's exit comes with Sir Jim Ratcliffe poised to secure a 25 per cent at Manchester United

Arnold’s exit comes with Sir Jim Ratcliffe poised to secure a 25 per cent at Manchester United

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