Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini believes the club were too quick to sack Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager left United in December 2018 with the Red Devils in sixth having lost five of their opening 17 games of the season – ending with a 3-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool.
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- Jose Mourinho took charge of Manchester United in the summer of 2016.
- In his first season, they won the League Cup and Europa League.
- A trophy-less second campaign followed before Mourinho was sacked midway through the 2018/19 campaign after a poor start.
- But Marouane Fellaini believes United were too quick to sack Mourinho, as well as David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently under fire at Old Trafford after a disastrous start to the 2019/20 season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the man to replace Mourinho but, after an initially promising start, things have started to take a turn for the worse at United once more.
The Red Devils are now 12th after eight games of the new Premier League campaign with doubts already surrounding Solskjaer’s job security following just two wins. But Fellaini, who left United shortly after Mourinho did in February, believes the club were too quick to sack the Portuguese serial winner.
“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.
“OK, 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.
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“For me, yes [United were too hasty in sacking Mourinho] 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.”
It’s not just Mourinho, though. Fellaini also believes United were too quick to sack David Moyes and Louis van Gaal when things started to go wrong, not giving either manager enough time to settle at the club as they struggle to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
“They brought in Moyes, they didn’t give him time,” he added.
“They brought in Van Gaal, they gave him two years and we started to do some things, he won the cup, but after that they sacked the manager because they want to win quickly, I think.
“A manager like Van Gaal tactically is very strong and has a lot of experience and they sacked him.
“But when you look to build a team you need time, not change a manager every two years, every year. If the manager doesn’t do well for four or five games, they want to sack him.”
United’s poor start to the season currently sees them without a win in three games across all competitions since a penalty shootout victory over League One side Rochdale in the Carabao Cup third round. Up next for United after the international break is the visit of Liverpool to Old Trafford, with the Reds still perfect in the Premier League and chasing a history-equalling win.
‘Solskjaer has to deal with United player sales’
Despite admitting he doesn’t know whether United will sack Solskjaer if their poor run continues, Fellaini does believe the Norwegian manager is dealing with the consequences of his summer choices, allowing the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia to leave
“The players who left are players of experience,” Fellaini added.
“So the coach decided he didn’t need them – that’s the choice of the coach. He decided he didn’t need Sanchez or Lukaku. That’s his problem. He has his own players now, so he has to deal with it.”