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Mourinho believes Man United’s problems go beyond Pogba

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Jose Mourinho reckons Manchester United’s problems haven’t changed since he left and added they go beyond Paul Pogba or any other player.

After leading United to their worst start in 28 years, Mourinho was fired in December amid tension with the players and his frustrations over the lack of support he received to pursue his summer transfer targets.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought in to replace Mourinho on an interim basis and won 14 of his opening 17 matches. The Norwegian’s impressive start convinced the United board to name him the permanent manager.

But a run of eight defeats in their last 12 matches has seen United miss out on a Premier League top-four spot and end the season trophyless following their Champions League and FA Cup exits.

Reflecting on his old club, Mourinho believes that things haven’t improved at all and insisted the problems go beyond the likes of Pogba.

“I said nine or 10 months ago that after winning eight Championships, finishing second with United may have been my greatest achievement,” he told L’Equipe.

“Now people understand.”

“I do not always do my analysis publicly on Manchester United. I do not want to talk about it and I have the feeling that I do not need to speak, that time gives explanations.

“About United, I want to say only two things: One is that time has spoken. Two is that the problems are still there.”

The collapse of Mourinho’s relationship with Pogba was one of the main causes behind United’s decision to fire him.

On whether he was a victim of his bust-up with Pogba, Mourinho said: “No. The problems are there. You can imagine that the problems are the players, the organisation, the ambition.

“I only say that I cannot say yes when you ask if Paul was the only one responsible.”

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United holds Eric Bailly of Manchester United as he replaces Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester United at Turf Moor on September 2, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)