Simon Jordan says he believes that Jose Mourinho was not up for the challenge of competing with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League this season.
Mourinho was sacked from Manchester United on Tuesday following their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool that saw them fall to 19 points behind their rivals.
The Red Devils are a long way off competing for the Premier League title as the season nears the halfway point and are 11 points off fourth place.
Fan favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been brought as caretaker manager in to try and galvanise the squad to salvage their season.
Speaking on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast, Jordan said: “I think Mourinho has looked at this and gone ‘I don’t fancy this’.
“‘I don’t think I can overcome Guardiola’, which is galling for him as he had it done to him in Spain. ‘I don’t think I can stop the Liverpool express and I have a group of players that I don’t really like, specifically and explicitly Pogba’.
“If you hear what is coming off that training ground, and it’s really bouncing around, that the language being used by Pogba towards Mourinho was pretty strong stuff.”
Jordan also criticised United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward for some of the decisions he has made at the club.
He added: “Ferguson and Gill had stepped down and there was a big sea change. Woodward is a commercial man and, in my opinion, slightly clueless about the politics of football and peculiarities of football and made some decisions that were right in personnel.
“Moysey (David Moyes) was the right person but was given no time to be able to manage that football club.
“Louis van Gaal was a dreadful appointment and Mourinho is a certain type of manager that needs to be handled in a certain way.
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“Jose has done the same thing here as he did at Chelsea when he couldn’t get what he wanted.
“When Chelsea in 2007 got knocked out of the Champions League by Molde, two or three months before that Jose Mourinho was agitating and prevaricating and pontificating with the owner about what he did and didn’t get and how unhappy he was and getting moodier and darker. Out the door he went as a hero but he engineered that.”