'Time has spoken' - Jose Mourinho on Man United, Paul Pogba and players turning against him
Jose Mourinho has suggested the problems he encountered at Manchester United 'are still there', as he suggested the team's performances at the back end of the season crystallised the challenges he faced at Old Trafford.
Mourinho was sacked last December after the club opted not to back him in the transfer market last summer, with the bounce in results following the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his successor quickly fading as United finished 32 points behind champions Manchester City and in sixth place in the Premier League.
"You can imagine that the problems are the players, the organisation and the ambition," he told L'Equipe. "On Manchester United, I only want to say two things. One is that time has spoken. Two, it's the problems are still there."
When asked whether his reported bust-up with midfielder Paul Pogba was one of the reasons for his exit at United, he offered up this response: "I will only say that I cannot say 'yes' when you ask if Paul was the only one responsible."
Mourinho also spoke about the lonely nature of football management, as he suggested once more that his achievement of finishing second in the Premier League last season was under-rated by his critics.
"Generally, the players can feel a certain erosion, especially when you ask a lot of them," he said. "When I say that the second season was fantastic, I say it because the potential and the objectives were met.
"I really squeezed, like an orange, to achieve them. When you have a very professional group of players who are ambitious, hard-working and talented, at a structured club, you don't have that erosion.
"When you are almost alone, in that you don't have the support of the club close to you, while certain players go somewhat against the coach, who is the nice guy.
"I don't want to be the nice guy, because the nice guy, after three months, is a puppet and that doesn't end well."