Report: Two senior Manchester United players pledged Mourinho allegiance to board before sacking
According to The Mirror, Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward held talks with players 24 hours before firing Jose Mourinho.
It is claimed that two players ‘pledged allegiance’ to Mourinho. They were Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.
The feedback from the squad led United to believe what was being evidenced on the pitch, that Mourinho had lost the dressing room.
It is claimed United were especially concerned about losing Paul Pogba, David de Gea, Anthony Martial and even Marcus Rashford as frustration with Mourinho grew.
United sit in sixth position in the Premier League, 19 points off the top.
United sacked Mourinho on Tuesday morning and announced plans to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season, when a permanent successor will be hired.
The two players, Lukaku and Matic, who reportedly spoke out in favour of Mourinho, were both signed by the manager.
They have also been among the two biggest underperformers this season so far.
The report paints a clear picture of an unhappy dressing room. It was evident Mourinho needed to go.
His replacement faces a tough task to get this team back on track.