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Friday 19 April 2019

United should have sacked Jose sooner

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

You have to hand it to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he made it seven wins from seven matches as Manchester United manager on Saturday - and they have a real chance to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.

That prospect was impossible to envisage as they limped through games at the start of this season and looked like a team playing to get their manager sacked.

Jose Mourinho's departure last month has been the catalyst for a United revival and while Solskjaer has has a relatively easy run of fixtures, aside from the game against Tottenham at Wembley earlier this month, the mood around the club has changed dramatically.

Their FA Cup fourth round match against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Friday night will be a huge test for Solskjaer's United revival, as that's the one competition he will feel his team have a chance of winning and we have yet to see how they react when a game turns against them.

What we can say now is United got rid of Mourinho too late. If he was fired, as he should have been, when he was being a grumpy git in September or October, they would almost certainly be in a top-four position already.

The club's decision-makers left it too late to get rid of a manager who had become a huge problem long before he was put out of his misery and that's why they are still playing catch-up now.

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