Four players threatened to hand in transfer requests to Ed Woodward if Jose Mourinho remained at Manchester United, according to reports.
The Portuguese coach’s two-and-a-half year stay at United came to an end of Tuesday morning when he was sacked after a run of results that saw the team pick up two wins from eight matches in all competitions.
Their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend left United in sixth position, 11 points off the top four and 19 points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s men, who occupy the Premier League summit.
The Portuguese boss fell out with a number of players during his time at the club – most notably Paul Pogba – with his reputation in the dressing room rumoured to be at an all-time low towards the end of his stay.
Reports on Friday in The Sun even claimed that Alexis Sanchez had a £20,000 private bet with United team-mate Marcos Rojo that Mourinho would get the boot.
And now another report on Friday, this time in the Daily Star, says that four stars each went to executive vice-chairman Woodward with their concerns, vowing to hand in transfer requests in January if Mourinho was still at the helm.
This was understood to be one of the key reasons that the United hierarchy acted, as they feared a mass exodus of talent.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been unveiled as the caretaker manager until the end of the season and has already vowed to give all the players a “clean slate.”