Jose Mourinho refused to be lured by Manchester United’s decision to appoint Erik ten Hag as their new manager, admitting he had no advice to offer the Dutchman.
Ten Hag, after months of speculation, was officially announced as United’s new boss last week. The Dutchman will take charge before the start of next season after signing a contract until the summer of 2025, with the option of a further year.
The Ajax chief will be tasked with overseeing an expected summer of upheaval and transformation upon his arrival at Old Trafford, as the club look to try and put a forgettable 2021-22 campaign behind them. Big changes need to be made to the general structure and philosophy of the club, as well as to the first team.
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Since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013, United have failed to come close to the heights reached during his tenure, meaning Ten Hag will hope to succeed where others have failed. Mourinho, of course, has led United since Ferguson’s retirement, occupying the managerial hot seat between 2016 and 2018.
After leading the club for more than two years and winning three trophies during that time, the Portuguese chief, who is now in charge of Roma, might have been ready to offer advice to Ten Hag on what lies ahead. However, he refused to say too much about United’s decision to appoint the Ajax chief.
“You’ve hit the spot, my old club,” Mourinho said, speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Roma’s clash with Leicester City in the Europa Conference League on Thursday night. “It’s not my club. I don’t have any advice.”
Delivering a typical and unsurprising Mourinho response, the former United boss, responding to the reporter who had asked the question, waved a finger, suggesting he had no interest in talking about his former club. He was sacked by United in December 2018, after a loss to Liverpool at Anfield.
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