The former Manchester United player Marouane Fellaini, believe the football club was too quick in sacking Jose Mourihno,
the Portuguese was sacked December last year due to the poor run of result the team had in the beginning of last season
despite winning the EFL cup and Europa League in 2017.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss was succeeded by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a care taker manager where Ole had a good start beating Paris Saint Germain away in Champions League as united’s caretaker manager in which after he was given the job as a full-time manager.
Since Ole signed the contract as the full-time manager of United, the team has been poor which has also resulted in their worst start to a season in 30 years despite the players they signed in the summer transfer window.
Fellaini believes that Jose Mourihno should have been given more time and support to build the team.
“They brought in one of the best managers in the world in Jose Mourinho,
he wanted to build a team and they sacked him, It’s not easy to build a team in that time, you need more than two years.”
“I don’t know what they will do with Solskjaer but, for me,
to win things and to improve, you need time.
Mourinho, for the first season, he did amazingly,
he improved the team, won things.
Ok, the second season was a bit more difficult,
but he tried, you know, and did his best to help the team.
Then they decided to sack him.
“For me, yes [United were too hasty in sacking Mourinho]
because a manager like that comes and he needs a lot of
players to implement his own philosophy.
He wanted to build his team and after two years,
or two years and a half, they decided to sack him because
the results were not there.”
The Belgian played under four managers in Manchester United before his departure
winning the FA cup under Louis Van Gaal and also the EFL cup and Europa league under
Jose Mourihno, he said these managers were not given enough time to build up the team.
“They brought in Moyes, they didn’t give him time.
They brought in Van Gaal, they gave him two years
and we started to do some things,
he won the cup, but after that they sacked
the manager because they want to win quickly,
I think. A manager like Van Gaal tactically is
very strong and has a lot of experience and
they sacked him,” he said.
“But when you look to build a team you need time,
not change a manager every two years, every year.
If the manager doesn’t do well for four or five games,
they want to sack him.
“Manchester United won everything for years with
Sir Alex Ferguson, so for someone else to come
and do what he did is not that easy.
They had a team and a strong base.
It’s not easy for someone to come and do like
Sir Alex Ferguson. People and supporters of
Manchester United want that, but football has
changed, the mentality of players has changed.”
“You see some players go straight into the dressing
room after games and go straight onto social media,”
he added. “It’s wrong. Now you have a new manager
who wanted young players and they will be up and down,
up and down; that’s football, that’s what happens with young players.
“Of course you can’t play with just young players,
you need a mix. To win games, to win titles,
to win big games you need experience.
Of course you can win with young players, but not every game.”
Fellaini added: “The players who left are players of experience.
So the coach decided he didn’t need them – that’s the choice of the coach.
He decided he didn’t need Sanchez or Lukaku.
That’s his problem. He has his own players now,
so he has to deal with it.
“He [Solskjaer] didn’t have a conversation with me if I will play or not.
I signed a new contract for two years, one of the best managers
in the world wanted me to stay. But after that, when a new manager
comes and I’m not in his plans,
of course it was time for me to leave and I don’t regret it at all.”
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