Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Souness: Jose Mourinho Is Not Right for Old Trafford

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Souness: Jose Mourinho Is Not Right for Old Trafford

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JOSE Mourinho's appointment as United boss 12 months ago was a knee-jerk reaction to neighbours City landing Pep Guardiola as boss.

That's how Graeme Souness views executive vice chairman Ed Woodward's signing of Mourinho a year ago after sacking Louis van Gaal following the 2016 FA Cup final win. The former Liverpool player argues that the multi-silverware winning Portuguese coach wasn't the right fit for Old Trafford.

"I didn't think Mourinho was right for United and I said that from day one," says Souness. "Because Guardiola was coming in at City, the people making decisions at Old Trafford felt compelled to go and get a big name manager and they ended up with Jose. He has taken on a very difficult job at United and struggled to find his best 11 last season, if he ever found it. …

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