Ex-Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said that his successor Ole Gunnar Solskajer is in the danger of becoming a ‘puppet’ at the club.
United’s fortunes took a meteoric rise after Mourinho’s sacking and appointment of Solskjaer who went on to win 14 of his 19 games while being the interim manager, but eight defeats in last 12 matches since his appointment as the permanent in charge has gone on to illustrate that it was all paper over the cracks.
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And now Mourinho has suggested that the Norwegian is too much of a “nice guy” to be aware of the wrong going on around him.
“Generally, the players can feel a certain erosion, especially when you ask a lot of them,” Mourinho told French newspaper L’Equipe.
“When I say that the second season was fantastic, I say it because the potential and the objectives were met.
“I really squeezed, like an orange, to achieve them. When you have a very professional group of players who are ambitious, hard-working and talented, at a structured club, you don’t have that erosion.
“When you are almost alone, in that you don’t have the support of the club close to you, while certain players go somewhat against the coach, who is the nice guy.
“I don’t want to be the nice guy, because the nice guy, after three months, is a puppet and that doesn’t end well.”
Mourinho added: “The problems are there, you can say that these are the players, the organisation, the ambition.
“I only say that I cannot say ‘yes’ when you ask if Paul was the only one responsible.”Jose Mourinho says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has become a ‘puppet’