Tuesday 22 January 2019

'Some players should pack their bags too' - McGrath

Former Ireland international and United football great Paul McGrath hit out at the club’s players after the announcement. Photo: Getty Images
Former Ireland international and United football great Paul McGrath hit out at the club’s players after the announcement. Photo: Getty Images

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The sacking of Jose Mourinho has led to a mixed reaction from Irish Manchester United fans.

Some celebrated the decision, while others insisted he should not be taking all the blame for the issues at the club.

Manchester United announced Mourinho was gone yesterday as the club slumped to its worst points return after 17 matches in the Premier League era, with Sunday's chastening 3-1 loss at Liverpool leaving them 19 points behind their bitter rivals.

Former Ireland international and United football great Paul McGrath hit out at the club's players after the announcement.

"Three or four players should be getting their suitcases at the ready, because what's been going on, on the field, is disgraceful," McGrath said. "I'd have a mirror put in the dressing room."

Many fans were short on sympathy for the Portuguese.

A number of fans on social media described the move as "an early Christmas present".

But Louise Berney, membership secretary of the Manchester United Supporters' Club Dublin branch, said she didn't agree with fans celebrating the decision.

"I personally can not believe the amount of fans actually celebrating the sacking of Jose," she said.

"That's our third manager to be sacked in six years. What's to celebrate?

"I don't think sacking Jose was the answer to our problem, the players also have a lot to answer for and need to take some responsibility."

Ms Berney (35), who has been visiting Old Trafford for the last 30 years, said Mourinho was just one part of the problem.

"We as fans need to stay behind our boys.

"They need us now more than ever," she said.

Irish Independent

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