‘I don’t believe too much in these changes in the long term’: Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho launches sly dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by suggesting his successor would struggle if he was appointed permanently
- Ex-Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho made sly dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- Mourinho suggested Solskjaer would struggle if he got United job permanently
- United have won 13 of their 16 games since Solskjaer took over as caretaker boss
Mourinho was sacked by United in December, with Solskjaer taking over on a caretaker basis.
United have been hugely impressive under Solskjaer so far, winning 13 of their 16 games and losing just one.
Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has aimed a sly dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
However, when discussing Scott Parker taking over as caretaker manager at Fulham following the departure of Claudio Ranieri, Mourinho indicated that clubs can sometimes receive an immediate boost from having a new manager.
‘Can [Fulham] get a better manager than Claudio? Not at all,’ Mourinho told beIN Sports.
‘Can you compare the experience between Claudio and Scott, who is going to coach a team for the first time? Not at all.
‘But sometimes in football, and you have the example with my former club (Man Utd hiring Solskjaer), that sometimes changes on the immediate – I don’t believe too much in these changes in the long term – but these changes on the immediate, there are sometimes some positive results.’
Mourinho suggested that teams can have a positive reaction under a new caretaker boss
Given how impressive Solskjaer has been so far, he will surely have a good chance of getting the United job permanently in the summer.
MANCHESTER UNITED’S RECORD UNDER OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER
For now, Solskjaer is focused on attempting to end the season strongly. United are in fourth place in the Premier League and are through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they will face Wolves away.
United face a major challenge in the last-16 of the Champions League as they face Paris Saint-Germain away trailing 2-0 from the first leg.
Mourinho took over as United boss in 2016 and won the Europa League and the League Cup in his first season in charge.
Matters turned sour this season, though, with Mourinho losing the faith of many of his players, including midfielder Paul Pogba.