Jose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba is not the only one to blame for Manchester United’s torrid season – and suggests the club’s hierarchy should take responsibility.
The Portuguese tactician was sacked in December after leaving United 11 points adrift of the top four and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought in as a caretaker manager.
The Norwegian’s arrival resulted in a run of nine wins in his first 10 games before United’s form nosedived towards the end of the season, leading to them finishing outside the Champions League qualification places.
Record signing Pogba was one of many players who was singled out for criticism by pundits, such as Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes, for being too inconsistent.
But Mourinho thinks everyone at Old Trafford – not only Pogba – should accept their share of the blame for the disappointing campaign.
“The problems are there, you can say that these 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,” Mourinho told L’Equipe.
The 56-year-old guided United to second in the Premier League in the 2017-18 campaign, as well as winning the Europa League and League Cup in 2017.
Mourinho hopes that after witnessing Solskjaer experience the same problems as he did, he will finally receive recognition for his achievements at the club.
“I said nine or 10 months ago that after winning eight championships, finishing second with United may have been my greatest achievement. Now people understand,” he added.
“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.”