Fellaini - Man United made a big error wielding the axe on Mourinho.

Marouane Fellaini claims Manchester United made a mistake sacking Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese was relieved of his duties after two-and-a-half years at the Old Trafford helm and was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

However, Fellaini says his former boss was keen to build a great side at Old Trafford but the United board pulled the trigger too soon.

The 31-year-old, who joined Shandong Luneng in January, told the Daily Mail: “Mourinho, for the first season, he did amazingly, he improved the team, won things. OK, the second season, was a bit more difficult but he tried, you know, and did his best to help the team. Then they decided to sack him and that’s football.

“For me, yes (they were too quick to sack him) because a manager like that comes and he needs a lot of players to do his own philosophy. He wanted to build his team and after two and a half years they decided to sack him because the results were not there.

“They brought in one of the best managers in the world in Jose Mourinho, he wanted to build a team and they sacked him. It’s not easy to build a team in that time, you need more than two years.

“I don’t know what they will do with this manager (Solskjaer)) but, for me, to win things and to improve, you need time. That’s the problem with the coach and the direction, they have to find a solution together.

“Now you have a new manager, they wanted young players and that’s what happens when you play with just young players. They will be up and down, up and down, that’s football.

“Of course in football, you can’t play with just young players, you need a mix. To win games, to win titles, to win big games you need experience. Of course you can win with young players but not every game.”

Since Fellaini’s departure from Old Trafford in January, the Red Devils have won 11 out of 31 matches in all competitions, with pressure now mounting on Solskjær.


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