Jose Mourinho has taken a subtle dig at Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he describes the Norwegian gaffer as a nice guy who eventually turned out a puppet.
Mourinho was sacked in Decemeber after a terrible run of results with Solksjaer brought in as a replacement for the Portuguese.
Solskjaer quickly faded as United finished in sixth place, 32 points behind league champions, Manchester City after a good run of results that had taken them to fourth place on the standings.
When asked to speak about the existent problems at Manchester United, Mourinho said:
“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 if his misunderstanding with Pogba was the reason behind his sack, the Portuguese said:
“I will only say that I cannot say ‘yes’ when you ask if Paul was the only one responsible.”
He added that his second season at Manchester United where he finished runners-up was highly underrated as he had to squeeze like oranges to achieve what he achieved.
“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.”
He maintained that at Old Trafford he didn’t enjoy as much support from the club and that management was close to impossible in a club where some players go against the coach who’s supposed to play the nice guy.
“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.”
He then takes a subtle dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and says he doesn’t want to be the nice guy and thereafter look like a puppet in three months.
“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.”
Mourinho wasn’t in the market for a centre-back in his final season at Man United but didnt get the financial backing of the club.