Richard Keys sensationally claims Jose Mourinho ‘PLANNED’ to get sacked at Man United by leaving out club-record signing Paul Pogba and it ‘worked perfectly’

  • Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United in December 2018
  • Richard Keys has claimed he planned to be sacked by dropping Paul Pogba
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Richard Keys has sensationally claimed that Jose Mourinho told him he ‘wants’ to be sacked by Manchester United in 2018.

Mourinho was relieved of his duties at Old Trafford in December 2018 following a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool which left the Red Devils sixth in the table.

United’s club-record signing Paul Pogba did not start that game or the two league games that preceded it, and former Sky Sports presenter Keys wrote in his blog Wednesday that it was a deliberate ploy by the Portuguese boss to get himself sacked.

‘He once told me he knew he would be sacked at United for leaving Pogba out of three consecutive games – at a time when the Frenchman’s stock was at its highest. All planned,’ Keys wrote.

‘And it worked perfectly. He wanted the bag. He got it.’

Richard Keys sensationally claimed Jose Mourinho was 'planning' to be sacked by Man United

Richard Keys sensationally claimed Jose Mourinho was ‘planning’ to be sacked by Man United

Keys claims Mourinho told him he would drop Paul Pogba to get himself sacked

Keys claims Mourinho told him he would drop Paul Pogba to get himself sacked

Keys’ accusation comes amid speculation linking Mourinho with a shock return to United.

Post Sports have reached out to Mourinho’s representatives for comment.

Post Sports revealed last week that the 61-year-old wants a second chance at the club as he feels he has ‘unfinished business’ after leaving Roma last month.

But Keys is unconvinced by the idea of ​​Mourinho potentially replacing Erik ten Hag, questioning why he ever took the Old Trafford job in the first place.

Never mind that he went on to say that his biggest regret at Old Trafford was not leaving at the end of the first season – but taking the job in the first place. How does that sit with those suggesting he has ‘unfinished business’ at United?’ Keys added.

Instead, Keys thinks another Premier League job might be a better fit – namely a third stint at Chelsea.

The Blues fell into the bottom half of the table on Sunday after losing 4-2 at home to Wolves, and the pressure is building on manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Fans expressed their displeasure during the match, with some chanting Mourinho’s name as their team struggled on the pitch.

Mourinho has been linked with a return to Old Trafford but Keys doesn't think he should go back

Mourinho has been linked with a return to Old Trafford but Keys doesn’t think he should go back

Keys thinks Mourinho can team up with his former captain John Terry to improve Chelsea's fortunes

Keys thinks Mourinho can team up with his former captain John Terry to improve Chelsea’s fortunes

Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino has faced the pressure after a poor run of form recently

Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino has faced the pressure after a poor run of form recently

Mourinho has won three Premier League titles in his two spells at Stamford Bridge, and Keys feels he could be the man to turn things around after another dismal campaign for the west London outfit, especially if he is with his former captain John Terry team up.

However, he made it known to take over from Saudi-backed Newcastle after a difficult season for Eddie Howe’s side.

‘What is the solution (to Chelsea’s problems)? Mourinho might just be, although I still think it’s more likely he’ll turn up at Newcastle,’ Keys noted.

‘He’s nowhere near done yet. Chelsea fans would love to see him back. No matter where he’s been and what he’s done – Chelsea is still home for Mourinho.

‘If not Mourinho – maybe it’s JT’s time? Maybe Mourinho and JT can sort it out together? They certainly couldn’t make it any worse than it currently is. Something must be done.’


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