Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has revealed that the senior figures were responsible for maintaining the harmony within the dressing room at all times under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Red Devils are have endured a tough start to the season, with Jose Mourinho’s tactics have fallen short against several opposing teams. United were on the verge of beating Chelsea this weekend, but late substitutions cost them, and they had to settle for a draw.
The atmosphere in the dressing room is one of Mourinho’s major concerns. The Portuguese’s strong criticism of his players’ performances is said to be turning his squad against him. Paul Pogba has faced the most of it, and is said to be leading the charge to get him sacked before December.
It is difficult to imagine such things happening if Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge at Old Trafford. In fact, in a recent interview, Wayne Rooney has revealed that the Scot hardly dealt with dressing room politics, as senior players would squash such conspiracies themselves.
“That would never be allowed to happen,” Rooney revealed. “The likes of Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, myself – players who had Manchester United in them and wanted the best for that club – would never allow anyone to mess that up.
“We controlled the dressing room ourselves. Alex Ferguson didn’t really need to control that. The players had the trust of the manager to do that themselves.”
Michael Carrick, who was the last of the senior players to play under Mourinho, retired last season. The former Tottenham midfielder joined Mourinho’s coaching staff, but hasn’t been helpful in solving the internal matters of the squad.
Manchester United will have a tough decision to make at the end of the season. Jose Mourinho could get sacked if he fails to secure Champions League football, but who will take charge of the Red Devils then