Jose Mourinho has hinted that the problem with Manchester United is not just about French midfielder – Pogba.
Mourinho said that the major problems are the players, the ambition and the organization.
The Portuguese was sacked by the club in December following series of poor performances and results. His successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a successful first few months in charge. But reality soon dawned on the Old Trafford faithful as the club had miserable run to the end of the season – 2 wins in 12 games; which ultimately cost them a top-four finish.
Mourinho spoke exclusively to L’Equipe sport, and revealed that United’s problems are not just about the players. “About Manchester United, I want to say only two things,” Mourinho said.
“One is that time has spoken. Two is that the problems are still there.
“Was I a victim of [Paul] Pogba? No.
“The problems are there, you can imagine that the problems are the players, the organisation, the ambition, I only say that I can not say yes when you ask if Paul was the only one responsible.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho equally hopes that Anthony Martial – a player he wanted to sell at United, reaches the heights expected of his undoubted talents.
Despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer questioning his commitment recently. Martial’s future is secure; he signed a big-money contract in January worth £200,000 a week, and is held in high regard by executive co-chairman Joel Glazer.
Mourinho was asked about his relationship with Martial, and whether it was comparable to that which he had at Real Madrid with Karim Benzema – a player of whom Mourinho famously criticised by declaring. “If I can’t hunt with a dog, I will hunt with a cat”..
“With Karim, it was not a conflict, I just wanted to help the player – an incredibly talented player – change his mindset, help him reach his maximum,” said Mourinho. “To become a killer, a determined striker. I really enjoyed working with Karim.
“He [Martial] is a boy with a different personality. The thing I can say is that I hope he will reach a level commensurate with his real potential.”