Pep Guardiola opens up on rival Jose Mourinho’s sacking by Manchester United


"Manchester United is in my heart and it's brilliant to be coming back in this role".

"What I did when I left Chelsea for example is the same that I'm going to do now". "When the situation is not good, we are alone". But that is not me.

He went on to state that he plans to go about his daily business as usual, and he hoped the media could respect that wish.

In the 24 hours that have passed since his sacking, recriminations have already begun with reports emerging from Old Trafford that Mourinho was unpopular with his players, had not spoken face-to-face with medical staff at the club in almost 18 months and had alienated the boardroom after wearing a hoody and trainers to a Munich air disaster memorial.

"So why should I be sharing more now, even with the supporters, any of my feelings?"

That season, United finished in second, behind a near-unstoppable Manchester City side.

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The focus on United's prospective permanent appointment in the summer has mainly been around Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is known to be much admired by United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. I just want to finish.

"You can't ignore what Jose has achieved as a manager previously but I feel the time has come for fresh ideas at #MUFC...!"

Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said on Sky Sports News: "I think you have to go back to the start of the season, and I just thought it was inevitable Jose Mourinho wouldn't be the manager the following season". That is what I want to do. Pogba was stripped of his vice-captaincy in September and hasn't played in United's last three Premier League matches, including Sunday's thorough embarrassment at Liverpool.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mourinho issued a 112-word statement saying he was "immensely proud" to manage United.

They now sit 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and have a goal difference of zero.

Mourinho lifted the Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield in his first year at the club before finishing runners-up in both the league and FA Cup, but things have unravelled since the start of his third campaign at the helm.