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Jose Mourinho 'not happy to be proven right' with Man Utd criticisms

Tom Gott
Mourinho feels vindicated by United's struggles
Mourinho feels vindicated by United's struggles / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages

Roma boss Jose Mourinho has claimed he has been 'proven right' in his criticisms of Manchester United following his departure from Old Trafford in 2018.

Mourinho has previously described leading United to second in the 2017/18 season as one of the best achievements of his career, insisting that people had no idea about the behind-the-scenes issues that should have made that accomplishment impossible.

Since then, those issues have come to light and United are prepared to embark on another full-scale rebuild this summer under Erik ten Hag.

Speaking to BT Sport, Mourinho stressed he is neither surprised or satisfied to see United struggling.

"Unfortunately, yes," Mourinho said when asked if he believes people will finally be agreeing with his view of United. "Of course, my English connection is Chelsea - that’s the way I’m seeing it, as a Chelsea man, two periods at Chelsea, six years.

"But at Man Utd, the fans are special and there are lots of good people inside the club, so it’s not like I’m happy to be right. I’m not happy to be right. I would like to be wrong, but I knew that I was right. The first thing you have to change, for me, when things are not going right is mentality and organisation and it was not coming.

"And I knew that for me to leave was not going to resolve the situation. I knew that, unfortunately. I wish them the best, honestly, and hopefully they make it."

Listen now to 90min's Manchester United podcast, The Promised Land, with Scott Saunders Rob Blanchette. On this week's show they discuss the latest news surrounding the club including a discussion regarding Erik ten Hag's arrival and links to Jurrien Timber.

Mourinho was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who initially joined on a temporary basis but was handed the permanent job after a positive start to his tenure at Old Trafford.

However, things eventually soured and Solskjaer was given his marching orders in November 2021, with Ralf Rangnick joining until the end of the season to allow United to find a new permanent boss - Ten Hag eventually won the race.

While Rangnick could not address United's issues on the pitch, he has pulled no punches in his criticisms of both the playing squad and the club's structure, and he is expected to continue doing so in a consultancy role.