Only Two Manchester United Players Stood Up For Jose Mourinho Before His Sacking
Jose Mourinho had a lot of battles with his Manchester United players and that might have ultimately been his downfall at Old Trafford after only two players pledged their allegiance to him ahead of his sacking.
Sunday's 3-1 loss to Liverpool seemed to be the straw that broke the camel's back when it came to Jose Mourinho's time at Manchester United with the Red Devils barely being able to put up resistance to their fierce rivals.
There has been many issues for Mourinho at Old Trafford and as well as going to war with several of his players he'd also publicly criticised Ed Woodward and even the fans at times.
On Sunday United set up to defend against Liverpool but failed to do so. Mourinho left Paul Pogba on the bench for the entire 90 minutes and even changing tactics from five at the back to four at half time didn't do much.
Ed Woodward decided to find out how the players were feeling after the match, holding a meeting with the squad on Monday to gauge their feelings and it didn't go well at all for Mourinho.
According to the Mirror when the executive vice-chairman most players felt the club 'weren't progressing' and only Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku 'pledged their allegiance to the manager.'
There had been reports earlier in the season that some players were annoyed that Mourinho seemed to find Matic undroppable despite his poor form.
Lukaku had come under criticism and had been dropped by the manager but at the same time he was certainly better protected than others in the squad.
Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Eric Bailly were on the end of most of the manager's criticism during Mourinho's time at Old Trafford.
Certainly it's likely that some players would have even gone as far as being happy that Mourinho was let go.
Martial and De Gea are yet to sign new deals at Old Trafford and it's likely that their futures may have been connected to the former Real Madrid boss's future.
United players and fans alike will be hoping that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will bring the feel good factor back to the club.