Van Gaal’s comments about Man Utd board may explain Mourinho’s current situation

Jose Mourinho is set to be axed as Manchester United boss – and even a win against Newcastle can’t save him.

The Portuguese, as exclusively reported by Mirror Sport on Friday, has lost the board’s full backing and will be dismissed by the end of the season.

News of this has reminded some United fans of when Louis van Gaal, Mourinho’s predecessor, was axed.

Reports surfaced that the Dutchman was to be sacked only minutes after he led United to FA Cup glory.

Van Gaal found about out about his dismissal through the press and revealed it was the biggest disappointment of his life.

His comments that came later now bear a resemblance to what Mourinho appears to be experiencing.

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“United put my head in a noose and I was publicly placed on the gallows, he said.

“The pressure was enormous with my head in the noose and they went right behind my back.

“I think it was all orchestrated like a film and it was done very much behind my back right from January."

"I never wanted more than two years anyway. Man United wanted three years.

"Suddenly, Mourinho was out after one-and-a-half years of my contract and I knew United wanted him one day.

"They told me only after it was leaked out and it was the biggest disappointment of my life.

"United did not discuss this with me. If they had come to me with the Mourinho plan then I could have said ‘okay, let’s give it everything for the last six months, complete commitment to each other and the team and then Jose Mourinho can take over’.

"They could have saved the last year of my salary by doing that but after what happened I made them pay every penny."

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