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Mourinho aims dig at Manchester United over lack of backing

Jose Mourinho is back to his old tricks as he aimed a little dig in the direction of Manchester United, once again saying that he wasn’t fully backed by the Old Trafford outfit.

Mourinho was sacked just over one month ago, having steered Manchester United on their worst start to a season in almost 30 years, with the Red Devils finding themselves 19 points off the top of the table and 11 points off the top four, with Champions League qualification looking an almost impossibility.

However, United have rediscovered their attacking traditions under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and their six-game winning run in the Premier League, combined with other team’s struggles, have seen them cut the gap to the top four to just three.

Earlier this week, former United captain Gary Neville said that no manager should ever be allowed to deviate from Manchester United’s attacking philosophy, but Mourinho has responded by saying that he would have played differently if he would have had the same backing as his managerial rivals at Liverpool and Man City.

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“Gary Neville doesn’t know my philosophy,” Mourinho told beIN Sports.

“My philosophy depends. I would love to go to a club and have [the same] conditions that Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola did.

“I refused already three jobs because I didn’t feel it was what I want.”

In fairness to Mourinho, he has spent the last few years bemoaning a lack backing from Manchester United, with Ed Woodward failing to capture a number of targets during the Portuguese’s tenure at Old Trafford.

“At Man City in the first season Guardiola was not a champion. In the second season Pep made great decisions but those that were supported. In the same summer, he sold four full-backs and bought four full-backs.

“At Liverpool how many players were there before Jurgen Klopp arrived? If you are a manager and you [are able] to choose the players to follow your idea, that’s one thing. The other thing is when you are not able to do that.”

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