Don’t blame Jose- Matic stands by Mourinho

Matic believes that the players should take responsibility for Mourinho’s demise

Manchester United got off to a positive start to life without Jose Mourinho with a 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Mourinho was always under the cosh after a lacklustre start to the season and the 3-1 defeat against Liverpool on Sunday last week was enough for the owners to issue the Special One with the marching orders.

Former fan favourite and United’s Champions League hero Ole Gunnar Solskajer was appointed as the new caretaker manager until the end of the season and the Red Devils got back to winning ways in some style.

However, Nemanja Matic believes that the turnaround of fortunes wasn’t simply down to the liberation of the squad from Mourinho’s rule.

Asked whether his team-mates should take responsibility for Mourinho’s demise, Matic replied: “Of course. I said this also after the Liverpool game, that we have to take responsibility and do our best to play better and to win games.

“I don’t know [what changed at Cardiff]. This is the question no-one has an answer to but we are sure this is the way to continue, to fight and we will try to do it.

“This is football. In football, this happens. We know also it’s not only the manager’s fault when the results are not good.

“But this is football and we have to carry on, to fight for the club.”

It remains to be seen whether United can take the positives from their first game under Solskjaer into the Boxing Day clash against Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford.

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