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Category: José Mourinho

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‘I belong at the top’: José Mourinho plots return after United sacking – video

A bullish José Mourinho insisted he will return to club management at the elite level despite his underwhelming spell at Manchester United. In his first major interview since leaving the club in December, he also claimed last season’s second-place fini…

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José Mourinho rejects criticism of Manchester United tenure

• Portuguese says his next job will be in ‘top-level football’• ‘People don’t know what is going on behind the scenes’José Mourinho has rejected criticism of his time at Manchester United, amid reports of player unrest and a fallout with Paul Pogba.Spe…

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Solskjær’s approach shows players are not sets of data, but humans | Jonathan Wilson

The Norwegian’s man-management at Manchester United has been top class – but the game against Tottenham will show whether he has the tactical nous to beat the bestNobody realistically doubts that Manchester United’s game against Tottenham on Sunday rep…

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José Mourinho breaks cover to rule himself out of Benfica managerial role

• ‘I am fine at the moment. I am not an option for Benfica’• Mourinho stays tight-lipped over Manchester United exitJosé Mourinho has spoken publicly to rule himself out of the vacant manager’s job at Benfica, but refused to make any further comment on…

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Tom Jenkins’s best sports photos of 2018

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from the thousands of frames that he shot during 2018 and recalls the stories behind them20mm lens 1/2000 f4 ISO 3200 Continue reading…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær lifts the gloom on a season in need of salvage

Manchester United’s stand-in manager went back to basics at Cardiff to provide an antidote to the misery of the Mourinho eraSaturday evening in Cardiff did not really feel like work for Ole Gunnar Solskjær. The man who sealed Manchester United’s treble…

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Respect? Following José Mourinho at Manchester United was a crazy ride

Jamie Jackson, our Manchester reporter, saw all too clearly the good and bad sides of the sacked oneJosé Mourinho’s “respect, respect, respect” meltdown after Manchester United’s 3-0 loss to Tottenham was bizarre to witness for a reporter who has cover…

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Busy Christmas makes it easier for Pep Guardiola to keep players happy

• Manchester City manager ready to use all his squad• Guardiola: ‘At some point they will all be needed’Manchester City are having to train on Christmas Day for their Boxing Day visit to Leicester but Pep Guardiola is trying to see the positives in the…

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‘The first thing is the first game,’ says Ole Gunnar Solskjær – video

Ole Gunnar Solskjær insists that he is focusing on his first game, despite admitting that he would like to become the permanent manager at Manchester United when his interim period ends.The club appointed their former striker as caretaker until the end…

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Sports quiz of the week: Gareth Bale, José Mourinho and au revoir Del Boy

Who jumped the gun? Who imbibed? Who lost in New York?José Mourinho leaves Manchester United without having won a Premier League trophy. Where else did he fail to win a league title?ChelseaReal Madrid InternazionalePortoHe won league titles at all four…

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Manchester United cannot turn back clock – the era of one-club rule is over | Paul Wilson

Illustrious past that is impossible to replicate is undermining managers at Old Trafford as Mourinho found to his costA football journalist should never welcome the departure of a leading manager, particularly one as notable and quotable as José Mourin…

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Football transfer rumours: José Mourinho back to Real Madrid?

Today’s rumours are MSG-fuelledWhat does every manager want? No, not a Christmas hamper. Every manager wants a WAR CHEST! Ole Gunnar Solskjær wouldn’t get through the winter nights without one and, once we’re into January, the new Manchester United car…

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After José, it’s olé Ole, but should it be ooh aah Cantona? | Letters

Readers respond to the sacking of José Mourinho at Manchester UnitedJosé Mourinho is “safe from the sack for the immediate future”, writes Jamie Jackson (Manager safe for now…, 18 December). Can he please now do a piece suggesting Theresa May will rema…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s record as a manager – video

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been appointed the interim manager at Manchester United, replacing José Mourinho until the end of the season. The Norwegian says ‘it’s brilliant to be coming back’. Here’s a look at how he’s faired so far in his manage…

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Mourinho’s place in United pantheon? Simply part of a botched succession | Paul Wilson

He is more medal-strewn than David Moyes and a more entertaining character than Louis van Gaal but José Mourinho’s Manchester United experience amounted to a similar failureA couple of months ago, around the time his Manchester United side were due to …

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From defence to Sánchez, where did Mourinho go wrong? | Jonathan Wilson

David de Gea has been left increasingly exposed, as has José Mourinho’s reliance on Marouane Fellaini as a battering ramThere was a time when the prevailing attitude to José Mourinho was it might not be pretty but he got the job done. At Real Madrid th…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær appointed Manchester United’s caretaker manager

• Solskjær scored United’s winner in 1999 European Cup final• ‘It’s brilliant to be coming back,’ Norwegian saysOle Gunner Solskjær has been appointed as Manchester United’s caretaker manager, replacing José Mourinho until the end of the season.The for…

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José Mourinho must take the consequences, says Jürgen Klopp

• Klopp has more sympathy for sacked lower league managers• Liverpool beat Manchester United in Mourinho’s last matchJürgen Klopp said he has more sympathy for managers sacked at lower league clubs than José Mourinho and his former Manchester United ri…

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José Mourinho just the latest casualty in Ed Woodward’s failing regime | Daniel Taylor

Manager did not help himself but the man in charge, the owners and the players at Manchester United have to share the blameIf you ever needed to know what a mess Manchester United have made of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps we can start with the …

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‘Ecstatic. Wonderful news’: Manchester United fans react to Mourinho’s sacking – video

Manchester United fans outside Old Trafford reacted positively to the news of José Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday, saying it would give the team a boost on the pitchJosé Mourinho sacked: Manchester United to appoint caretaker – live!José Mourinho sacked…