Ashley Young has his say on rumours that Manchester United players celebrated Mourinho's departure


Jose Mourinho’s sacking from Manchester United came as shock to absolutely no one.

The Portuguese stalwart was presiding over one of the most toxic dressing room environments in football and the results were telling.

United had slumped to their worst start ever to a Premier League season and looked void of any kind of identity or desire to win football games.

Something simply had to give and, following their woeful performance away to fierce rivals Liverpool, Mourinho was binned.

Ed Woodward moved decisively to appoint a successor swooping for club legend Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer.

After less than a week, the difference at the club is night and day.

The heavy gloom seems to have lifted overnight and there is fresh hope on the terraces of the Theater of Dreams.

The players seem to be the most pleased with the change though, putting in a scintillating performance away at Cardiff on Saturday.

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The Red Devils scored five goals for the first time since the Sir Alex Ferguson days as the Solsjkaer revolution got rolling with a bang.

It does seem a bit bizarre that so much could change in a few days though, with many suggesting that United players had simply shut up shop under Mourinho.

In fact, there were even rumours that United players had celebrated Mourinho’s departure, with social media posts from Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba certainly seeming to do just that.


Now, Ashley Young has addressed those rumours and is leaving nothing to the imagination.

“No celebration at all. Absolute lies,” the full-back said following United’s 5-1 win over Cardiff.

“Obviously it was disappointing for the manager to get sacked. In his two-and-a-half years, he won trophies.

“We have to take some responsibility for that [his sacking] as we are on the pitch.”

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Young might want to check some of his colleague’s social media activity one more time before so emphatically denying any kind of celebration.

Either way, United already look to be on the up again and it only bodes well for everyone.

European football is just a better place with a winning United team in it.

Solsjkaer will be hoping to ride that feel-good factor deep into the rest of the season.

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