Rio Ferdinand believes the time was right for Manchester United to sack Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager left his job at Old Trafford on Tuesday morning after overseeing the club’s worst start to a top-flight season in 28 years.
A dismal 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday proved to be the final straw, and Ferdinand believes Mourinho had taken the club as far as he could.
The former United defender said on Instagram: “Jose Mourinho Leaves @manchesterunited Right now is the right time.. things aren’t improving & he has taken it as far as he can…
“I was one of his biggest advocates 2 & half years ago when he joined the club & felt he stabilised #mufc when we needed it…
“You can’t ignore what Jose has achieved as a manager previously but I feel the time has come for fresh ideas at #MUFC…!
“People have been critical of my comments on TV of late but as a fan I am saying it as I see it. The club needs an injection of positivity & hopefully this decision will allow that to happen.”
Meanwhile, Gary Neville believes Mauricio Pochettino would be the perfect replacement for Mourinho.
United announced that they will appoint a caretaker manager until the end of the season while they look for a long-term boss.
It is understood United are considering their former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, currently manager of Molde, with regard to the caretaker role, and Pochettino is believed to be the main target to take over next summer.
Former United captain Neville said on Sky Sports: “When I look at the values of Manchester United, you look at Mauricio Pochettino’s belief in young players at (previous club) Southampton and with Tottenham.
“You look at his performance levels and the style of play, the way in which he carries himself at all times.
“People suggest he hasn’t won a trophy yet at Tottenham but with a net spend of minus £29million or something over the last four years, I’m not sure he could have done more.
“I do think he is the person who is the outstanding candidate.”
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