Published: Tue, December 25, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Sir Alex Ferguson's message in 2015 book came true about Jose Mourinho

Sir Alex Ferguson's message in 2015 book came true about Jose Mourinho

The former Red Devils striker was lined up to take charge at Old Trafford after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward chose to sack Jose Mourinho following the disappointing defeat at Liverpool.

While United would lose £40m in lost revenue, prize money and sponsorship clauses by missing out, Woodward is also concerned that a failure to compete in the Champions League would see United miss out on their top summer targets.

The 5-1 win at the Cardiff City Stadium was the first time United have scored five in a Premier League match since Sir Alex Ferguson's last game in charge more than five years ago. "I'm sure that is the same for all the players".

Schmeichel told BBC Radio 5 Live that if United, as expected, appoint a director of football, he might well be interested.

They are sixth in the Premier League, eight points behind Chelsea in fourth.

"I don't know [what changed at Cardiff]".

Man United looked a completely different team. "People might be quick to forget what Jose did for United - the three trophies he won - he did a lot".

"There was only a couple of days from when he came in, but as professional players you go out to train and want to turn the loss against Liverpool into a win".

"One of the trophies [Europa League] was one we had not won before, and he took us to three trophies in one season".

And according to the 33-year-old, it wasn't just the players who were unhappy under Mourinho's reign.

"Once that happens, the manager is as good as dead, because he has failed in his major undertaking - which is to motivate the players to follow him".

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