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Sacking Mourinho was a mistake: Fellaini

Published : 12 Oct 2019 05:13 PM | Updated : 05 Sep 2020 04:53 AM
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Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini thinks that Manchester United got rid of Jose Mourinho too quickly and it was a mistake, insisting managers “need time”, report agencies.

The Red Devils parted company with the Portuguese last December following a shocking run of form which left them languishing in sixth, with Mourinho cutting a frustrated figure having been let down by Ed Woodward, who had consistently failed to deliver key transfer targets.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was drafted in as a temporary replacement, instantly seeing an upturn in results, though they would quickly return to what had gone before once his appointment was made permanent in the March, as the club finished the campaign in sixth.

 “They brought in one of the best managers in the world in Jose Mourinho, he wanted to build a team and they sacked him,” Fellaini told reporters. “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. Okay, 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.

Asked if United sacked Mourinho too quickly, the Belgian replied: “For me, yes, 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.”

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