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John Aldridge: Jose Mourinho is poisonous for Manchester United

by Marwan Harraz

Pundit John Aldridge has opened up on the dressing room atmosphere at Manchester United, believing Jose Mourinho is poisonous for the club.

The Portuguese manager has been under a barrage of criticism due to the club’s shock loss to Brighton on Sunday.

Other circumstances have added to it as well with United failing to make any major transfers this summer besides Fred.

A poor pre-season didn’t help matters too but Aldridge believes it’s Mourinho’s dressing room influence that will ultimately cost him his job.

The former Real Madrid manager has seemingly bumped heads with several of the Red Devils’ stars if reports are to be believed.

According to Manchester Evening News, John said: “This guy seems to go out of his way to inject poison in his dressing room and whatever his motives, he is not getting the reaction from players any more.

“As a Liverpool man through and through, Mourinho used to annoy the hell out of me as he was brilliant at winning football matches with an arrogance off the field and a brand of football on it that was not my cup of tea at all.

“His abrasive manner off the field and the defensive football he promotes was never easy to watch and while we all suspected he would not be a good long-term fit for Manchester United, few of us could have predicted he would have alienated everyone in his dressing room all over again.”

Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial are the main culprits with each player having their own reasons for going head to head with Jose.

The midfielder is still currently unhappy due to some comments the former Chelsea manager made on his World Cup campaign but there were arguments before that as well.

Martial is displeased with the criticism thrown his way and wants more match-time to impress.

Shaw meanwhile has completely turned around his relationship with Mourinho but the initial unhappiness was due to similar reasons as the winger.

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