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Key Manchester United player 'demanded Jose Mourinho sacking'

25 December 2018

The Norwegian's caretaker spell in charge until the end of the season got off to a dream start as United threw off the shackles, that led to turgid football and deteriorating results under Jose Mourinho, to thrash Cardiff 5-1.

"Don't worry, Gary will be really hard on me", he said, smiling.

"I don't see why we can't if we keep playing like that". "I've sat next to him in a dressing room for 11 years", he told reporters. He was next to me and you know Gary!

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United certainly looked better all round but if they're to challenge for the top four this season they need a minor miracle and some reinforcements in January, with a centre back still seemingly a must.

"Obviously, it has been a different week with the change of manager and I'd like to thank Jose for the trophies we won together and wish him luck for the future". That's just the nature of this team, this club, that you always go and attack.

"I saw some of the first-team members and staff, you know the guys who do all the kit and the coaching staff, I spoke with Kieran McKenna, I spoke with Michael Carrick, I spoke with Mike Phelan and they were all walking around with smiles on their faces".

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"But I don't think any team would like to have [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial, [Jesse] Lingard and [Paul] Pobga running at them".

A week is a long time, especially in football, and that was never more evident than at Manchester United in the past seven days as things went from utter despair to complete jubilation.

"The attacking philosophy is in the walls of Man United, that's tradition and that's history". We have two games at Old Trafford and we want to close out December in the best possible way: with two wins.

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"That's the key, we should be looking forward to playing there". He's the boss and if there's anyone who can give me proper advice - not my team-mates! - that's him.

Key Manchester United player 'demanded Jose Mourinho sacking'