Jose Mourinho says the struggles at Manchester United were down to the “players, organisation and ambition” of the club as he denied suggestions Paul Pogba was to blame for his sacking. Mourinho says Manchester United have serious issues that prevented him from achieving his objectives, saying there was more to blame than his bad relationship with the star midfielder. Asked by L’Equipe if he was a victim of Pogba, Mourinho said: “No, no. The problems are there, you can imagine that the problems are the players, the organisation, and the ambition. I will only say that I cannot say ‘yes’ when you ask if Paul was the only one responsible.”
He added: “On Man United, I only want to say two things. One is that time has spoken. Two, it’s the the problems are still there.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as Mourinho’s successor on a three-year deal in March after winning 14 of his 19 matches as interim manager, helping to propel United back into the race for a top-four finish.
But a dismal run towards the end of the campaign eventually saw United drop out of contention and finish in sixth, five points off fourth-place Tottenham. Mourinho added: “On Manchester United, I only want to say two things. One is that time has spoken. Two, it’s the problems are still there.”
Mourinho had wanted to sign at least one new centre-back last summer, with Harry Maguire, Jerome Boateng, Toby Alderweireld and Diego Godin among his targets. But United did not sign a new centre-back, with Mourinho made to settle for midfielder Fred, defender Diogo Dalot and back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant as his summer recruitment.