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Mourinho Claims Man United Gives Ten Hag More Support Than He Ever Got

Jose Mourinho at Roma
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Former Manchester United manager José Mourinho has opened up about his tenure at the club, expressing regret over the level of support he received compared to current boss Erik ten Hag.

Mourinho, who coached United from 2016 to 2018, highlighted the challenges he faced despite achieving success with the club, including winning the Europa League and Carabao Cup. Speaking to The Telegraph, Mourinho pointed out the difference in support between himself and Ten Hag, particularly from former chief executive Ed Woodward.

While acknowledging a personal rapport with Woodward, Mourinho lamented a lack of professional support, stating, “What Ten Hag has in his time at Manchester United I didn’t have. I didn’t have that level of support. I didn’t have that level of trust.” He expressed sadness at his departure, feeling that with more backing, results could have been different.

Mourinho also criticized certain players’ professionalism during his time at United, indicating that there were individuals he wanted to remove from the squad. Despite this, he emphasized his commitment to doing his job and his desire for the club’s success.

His tenure at United was marked by conflicts with senior players, including Paul Pogba and Bastian Schweinsteiger, the latter recently revealing feelings of being unjustly sidelined by Mourinho.

Regarding Pogba’s struggles, Mourinho expressed sympathy, noting a post-World Cup change in the player’s attitude towards football. He lamented Pogba’s situation, highlighting the common challenge players face in maintaining focus and identity amidst success and external pressures.

As for Ten Hag’s future at United, uncertainties loom following recent investment in the club. Despite reaching the FA Cup final, questions persist about the Dutch manager’s tenure, especially after a dramatic semifinal against Coventry City.

Mourinho’s reflections offer insight into the complexities of managing a top club like Manchester United and the various dynamics at play behind the scenes. As the club navigates its future under new ownership, Mourinho’s experiences serve as a reminder of the challenges and expectations that come with leading one of the world’s biggest football institutions.