Jose Mourinho deliberately got himself sacked by Manchester United, says Paul Scholes

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes claims Mourinho got himself axed and says he knew something wasn’t right when he fell out with Antonio Valencia

Jose Mourinho deliberately got himself sacked by Manchester United, says Paul Scholes

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes insists that Jose Mourinho intentionally got himself sacked by the club.

Mourinho was finally axed by United last month after an unpleasant start to the season and left with £15million in compensation.

Scholes was Mourinho’s fiercest critic all through his two-and-a-half-year reign with the pair often verbally jousting in public.

And Scholes’ opinion of the manager hasn’t changed after he was asked about him by Norwegian TV station TV2.

‘I felt he (Mourinho) didn’t want to be there,’ he said. ‘He engineered his move away perfectly in the end.

‘His press conferences were embarrassing, so negative, it was obvious in the end the players didn’t want to play for him. The right thing happened in the end.’

The former United midfielder said he suspected that Mourinho might be trying to find a way out of Old Trafford when he fell out with club skipper Antonio Valencia, who Scholes played alongside from 2009 to 2013.

Jose Mourinho deliberately got himself sacked by Manchester United, says Paul Scholes

‘He fell out with Antonio Valencia who is the nicest man in the world. It’s impossible to fall out with Antonio Valencia,’ said Scholes.

‘That was a big sign for me that something wasn’t quite right.’

Furthermore, defended his often scathing analysis of Mourinho and his tactics, particularly in the final few months of his reign.

‘I was just being honest about the questions put to me and what I was seeing from the manager,’ he said.

‘He started complaining very early on in pre-season, saying the kids weren’t good enough, which I didn’t like from the start.’

United have won six consecutive games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Mourinho as interim manager until the end of the season.

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