Jose Mourinho says Man Utd “still have a couple of players I didn’t want” as issued summed up

Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United still have players on their books who “he didn’t want five or six years ago”.

The Special One lasted less than three years at Old Trafford before he was given the boot. He was responsible for some notable player movement, including club-record signings, but he didn’t always get as much say as he’d like when it comes to arrivals and exits.

Mourinho took over from Louis van Gaal but felt that some of the squad were not up to standard. He claimed that some of them didn’t “represent the best professional profile” as the club aimed to get back to the heights of yesteryear. The manager was sacked before he could lead United back to the top.

Since then they’ve continued to chop and change the man in the dugout and retain players who, some argue, are not up to standard as they continue to struggle under Erik ten Hag.

Mourinho told the Telegraph : “In some moments, I felt if they trusted me and believed in my experience things could be different. There are still a couple of players still there I didn’t want five or six years ago. I think they represent a little bit what I consider not the best professional profile to a club of a certain dimension. But I did my job there. Time always tells the truth.”

The former United boss was looking to land a centre-half in his final summer, but never got his man. He seemingly also wanted to move certain players on but the club have stuck by them, although they’ve only won one piece of silverware since Mourinho’s sacking almost six years ago.

The Special One claimed three trophies in his first season, but finished sixth in the Premier League. Europa League success ensured they played in the Champions League the following season but Mourinho has also felt as though his debut season was undervalued.

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