Jose Mourinho should never have been Manchester United manager, says Jack Pitt-Brooke

"United are playing so well now and Pogba, Martial and Rashford are so good that it proves that Mourinho should never have been appointed in the first place."

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Jose Mourinho was the wrong manager for Manchester United in 2016, Jack Pitt-Brooke told the Sunday Supplement, but Neil Custis disagreed
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Jose Mourinho was the wrong manager for Manchester United in 2016, Jack Pitt-Brooke told the Sunday Supplement, but Neil Custis disagreed

Jose Mourinho should never have been appointed as Manchester United manager, says Jack Pitt-Brooke, although fellow Sunday Supplement panellist Neil Custis did not agree.

The Portuguese coach left Old Trafford in December after a turbulent two-and-a-half years in charge, and was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - who is yet to lose a game.

Players such as Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial look revitalised under the Norwegian, and The Independent's Pitt-Brooke believes it shows how wrong Mourinho was for Man Utd.

"The successes of Solskjaer over the last few weeks are a repudiation not just of Jose this season, which was obviously a Mourinho season as Antonio Conte would have called it, but of the first two seasons as well," he told Sunday Supplement.

"United are playing so well now and Pogba, Martial and Rashford are so good that it proves that Mourinho should never have been appointed in the first place.

Highlights from Manchester United's 3-0 win over Fulham in the Premier League
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Highlights from Manchester United's 3-0 win over Fulham in the Premier League

"When you build a squad with some of the most talented players in Europe, to appoint someone who doesn't really have an interest in getting the best out of them is a bit of a betrayal to those players and they would always have been better served by getting a better manager in 2016 who wanted to get the best out of them.

"He wasted the potential of those players so much that simply winning the Europa League or the League Cup doesn't make up for it. The cons massively outweigh the pros of Jose's two-and-a-half years at United.

"It's difficult to think that had appointed someone who was better suited to get more out of Pogba, Martial and Rashford back in 2016, they would be in a much better place."

""United are playing so well now and Pogba, Martial and Rashford are so good that it proves that Mourinho should never have been appointed in the first place.""

Jack Pitt-Brooke on Mourinho at Man Utd

The Telegraph's chief football correspondent, Jason Burt, also agreed, adding: "I think Mourinho was a poor appointment in the first place. It was the wrong guy and the wrong time for him to go to that club.

"I think there were some terrible mistakes made in the appointment, I think Man Utd lost their way in terms of who they are and their identity and are only now trying to rediscover that.

"They wasted time. I know they won trophies under Mourinho, but they went backwards under him, I feel, and the money they spent didn't correlate to what they achieved. They finished sixth that year they won the Europa League and I think they are now rediscovering who they need to be and getting back to that."

Jose Mourinho won two trophies in his first season as Man Utd manager, including the Europa League

But it was not a clean sweep of agreement across the Sunday Supplement panel, with Neil Custis pointing out that Mourinho did reach the goals that were set out for him when he joined the club.

"I think he was brought in to make Man Utd relevant again in terms of winning trophies and getting high up the table. He did it his way and he achieved it," The Sun's football writer said.

"Yes, it's not as exciting as this [under Solskjaer], I agree with that but he still achieved good things in those two seasons and it made Man Utd relevant again.

Jose Mourinho still achieved good things at Man Utd, says Neil Custis

"Pogba wasn't that bad under Mourinho in that first season during that Europa League run and winning that final. I think a lot of people have based Mourinho's tenure on his final few months from the summer to Solskjaer being appointed, which is slightly unfair.

"To finish second in that league behind Manchester City, ahead of Liverpool and Tottenham, I think still deserves credit."