Jose Mourinho thinks his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in danger of becoming a “puppet” at Manchester United.
United had a resurgence after sacking Mourinho and appointing Solskjaer, who won 14 of his 19 games while in caretaker charge of the club, but it is now eight defeats in his last 12 matches, highlighting the scale of the rebuilding job ahead in the summer.
And now Mourinho seemed to suggest that Solskjaer is too much of a “nice guy”.
“Generally, the players can feel a certain erosion, especially when you ask a lot of them,” Mourinho told L’Equipe.
“When I say that the second season was fantastic, I say it because the potential and the objectives were met.
“I really squeezed, like an orange, to achieve them. When you have a very professional group of players who are ambitious, hard-working and talented, at a structured club, you don’t have that erosion.
“When you are almost alone, in that you don’t have the support of the club close to you, while certain players go somewhat against the coach, who is the nice guy.
“I don’t want to be the nice guy, because the nice guy, after three months, is a puppet and that doesn’t end well.”
Mourinho added: “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.”