A damning verdict
Martin Keown has claimed Manchester United looked like they had been released from prison against Cardiff.
The Red Devils were without Jose Mourinho for the first time after the manager was sacked.
United ran rampant and managed to score five goals in a Premier League game for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, the pundit said United looked as though they were ‘released from jail’.
He also mused that Ed Woodward must be wondering why he didn’t sack Mourinho far sooner.
Another key point Keown made was the level of praise from the bench.
Even when passes were misplaced – as Paul Pogba did a couple of times – the coaching staff encouraged.
Under Mourinho, the players looked scared to make mistakes and to try things going forward.
Changes for United
Things are clearly better for United now.
Not only are they playing better football, but the players themselves look happy and settled.
It became a growing concern for the club that players would not sign new deals if Mourinho was manager.
Anthony Martial was one of those players resisting, and David De Gea is yet to sign a new contract.
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It seems the club and manager needed to part ways.
Mourinho didn’t appear happy or though he was enjoying things at the club either.