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

Rio Ferdinand believes Jose Mourinho took Manchester United as far as he could

Rio Ferdinand believes Jose Mourinho took Manchester United as far as he could

"I've been critical of managers that leave clubs and come out and speak about details of what happened and who is to blame - that's not me".

Jose Mourinho has finally ended his silence and released a statement following his sacking as manager of Manchester United.

A serial victor of trophies throughout his coaching career - his title haul now stands at 25 - Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford in 2016 as a supposed quick fix for United following its struggles after the retirement of Ferguson three years earlier.

After his sacking, the 55-year-old refused to turn on Manchester United as he confirmed his intention to return to football.

That said, reports state he was paid close to $20 million after United terminated his contract early and when all is said and done he won the Europa League, League Cup and reached an FA Cup final in his two-and-a-half years in charge.

That season, United finished in second, behind a near-unstoppable Manchester City side.

After a disruptive start to the season United finally wielded the axe and dismissed the Portuguese coach of his managerial duties on Tuesday morning.

Neville thinks Pochettino is the
Neville thinks Pochettino is the “outstanding candidate” to replace Mourinho

But Paul Pogba did swiftly delete a post after heavy backlash from critics. Mourinho had to go in the end.

After Sunday's loss at Anfield, Mourinho said his players were brittle and couldn't cope with the intensity and physicality of Liverpool - historically United's biggest rival.

United were in a better state than the Blues on the field, although the 11-point gap to the top four was as concerning as the 19 points to leaders Liverpool after a mere 17 matches.

Eric Bailly has thanked former boss Jose Mourinho for giving him the opportunity to join Manchester United, despite seemingly falling out of favour in recent months.

Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, are among the favourites to take the role full-time come the summer.

Guardiola further said, "I always say I am in the position of the manager and I know exactly what they can feel and always I am there because we feel alone".

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