Jose Mourinho believes Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes, conspired against him to get him sacked at Manchester United.
The Portuguese’s two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford came to an end on Tuesday, after he was sacked by the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Mourinho was “surprised” by the club’s decision and felt the board should have given him more time, given his view that they failed to back him in the transfer market.
The 55-year-old felt his first two seasons at the club were a success, but blamed “outside negativity” from pundits like Ferdinand and Scholes, for creating a bad atmosphere at Old Trafford.
Scholes, in particular, has been scathing of Mourinho in recent months and said the coach was “embarrassing” the club.
Mourinho refused to criticise former players in press conferences but was hugely resentful towards the likes of Scholes during his final months at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since been placed in charge at Old Trafford on a temporary basis.