Published: Tue, December 25, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Don't blame Jose - Matic sticks by Mourinho

Don't blame Jose - Matic sticks by Mourinho

The United midfielder, writing in his weekly blog, said it had been a "different week" at the club following Jose Mourinho's dismissal and thanked his former boss "for the trophies" they won together.

Old Trafford legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker boss a day after - and led the side to a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Cardiff.

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Matic was a key reason United secured a second-place finish in the Premier League that campaign, and he defended Mourinho after the club's worst start to a season for 28 years. The report adds that the new manager would have a say in the winter transfers and King interests Solskjaer.

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"There is a phrase in football about players "not playing for the manager", which I have seen happen a thousand times", the 77-year-old wrote.

United's run of four games unbeaten in the league - from a 3-2 win over Newcastle to a 2-1 win against Bournemouth on November 3 - saw the share price rise before a further decline to a low of 17.25 dollars (£13.64) last week. There were plenty of positives to be taken from the post Mourinho era. But against Cardiff, United looked reinvigorated. The former Molde said, "One of the things I talked about today is that a Manchester United team should never ever be outworked. You should run more than them and then your skills will give you the chance to win the game".

"When you've got players like this with the quality you are always going to create chances".

Too often the Red Devils were set up to sit deep and try and counter-attack.

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