Sir Alex Ferguson’s book: Jose Mourinho left Manchester United last week, two days after a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.
Manchester United parted ways with Jose Mourinho after the 3-1 loss to Liverpool. The club appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the interim manager until the end of the season.
Mourinho lifted three trophies at the club, which included Manchester United’s first-ever Europa League title in its history. The Portuguese manager also led United to EFL Cup win, and the Community Shield trophy at the beginning of the first season.
Jose Mourinho was the most successful manager at the club since Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scotsman retired in 2013, and Manchester United have fairly struggled ever since.
After the side finished second in the league in the 2017/18 season, the club slumped to one of their worst starts of the season in 18/19. Manchester United were 6th in the league by the time of Mourinho’s departure, and Sir Alex Ferguson’s book ‘Leading’ (2015) provides a near-perfect quote which describes the situation leading to Mourinho’s sacking.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s book:
The Scottish manager retired in 2013 after 26 years at the club. He won 38 trophies during his time at the club, leaving Manchester United as their most successful manager in its history.
Saw this on reddit from a Sir Alex book. Maybe Mourinho should read it. pic.twitter.com/A2F9lWFuRL
— Alistair B (@abworth2813) December 24, 2018
He wrote his autobiography, ‘Leading,’ in 2015, where he talked about his time at Manchester United and his style of management.
After Jose Mourinho left the club last week, a quote from Ferguson’s book has gone viral, which explains why Jose Mourinho failed to lead United to their glory days in his third season at the club.
Ole: “They (players) have not said anything to me about any handbrake (under Mourinho), but we spoke in the team meeting about how when we get one, we want to get two. When we get two, we want to get three. That’s the nature of this team, this club. You always go and attack.”
— Devils Latest (@Devils_Latest) December 24, 2018
“There is a phrase in football about players ‘not playing for the manager’, which I have seen happen a thousand times,” Ferguson wrote.
Rooney: “These players can’t turnaround and say ‘I didn’t perform well because I didn’t have a good relationship with Mourinho’ – thats not acceptable, they have a duty to Man United, to the fans, to the football club to try and perform as well as they can every game.” #mufc [BT]
— Man Utd Empire (@Empire_Mu) December 23, 2018
“Once that happens, the manager is as good as dead, because he has failed in his major undertaking – which is to motivate the players to follow him.”
Shaw: “It’s not nice when something as big as that (Mourinho’s sacking) happens at the club, but I think we, as players and as a team, show respect in what happened. People might be quick to forget what Jose did for #mufc – the three trophies he won – he did a lot.” #mulive [sky]
— utdreport (@utdreport) December 23, 2018
During his time at the club, Jose Mourinho has had reported dressing room fall-outs with players like Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Eric Bailly etc. The situation with Paul Pogba became worse after the duo was caught arguing during a training session.