Man United star turned on Jose Mourinho after Liverpool
More details concerning Man United’s sacking of Jose Mourinho have been revealed by Duncan Castles in the Sunday Times.
One of the most startling claims in the report is that one Man United star openly turned on Mourinho after the Liverpool game.
Liverpool beat Man United 3-1 at Anfield a week ago. United didn’t even compete against their M62 rivals.
Days later Mourinho was sacked.
According to Duncan Castles, one first team star rang up Ed Woodward after the Liverpool game to call for Mourinho to be sacked:
According to a club source, at least one player regularly selected by Mourinho this season is understood to have called Woodward following the loss at Anfield “and told him Jose should leave”.
That’s an obvious sign of how the locker room turned on the Special One.
Jose Mourinho didn’t see it coming
Another key point made by Castles is that Jose Mourinho never saw his sacking coming.
Indeed, when Mourinho was called to speak to Woodward, the Portuguese thought it was about the January transfer window:
Jose Mourinho thought he was going to discuss Manchester United’s transfer strategy when the club’s executive vice- chairman used their scheduled Tuesday morning meeting to sack the Old Trafford manager.
The Sunday Times has been told that Mourinho was caught unawares by Ed Woodward’s deployment of a meeting during which the Portuguese had hoped to secure the green light to strengthen his struggling team to communicate United’s decision to terminate his contract.
It’s also confirmed that Man United will pay Mourinho 24 million pounds.
Why Man United sacked Mourinho
Three reasons are given.
Firstly, Man United’s performance at Liverpool.
Secondly, Mourinho’s decision to bench Paul Pogba.
Thirdly, “the negativity of (Mourinho’s) post-match comments”.