Ex-Man Utd youngster in striking claims about ‘unapproachable’ Mourinho

Date published: Thursday 26th March 2020 10:12 - Jonny Whitfield

Former Manchester United youngster Joshua Bohui has opened up about how he found life tough under ex-boss Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was appointed at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 and won the Europa League and EFL Cup in a successful first season.

The Portuguese then guided United to a second-placed finish in the Premier League with 81 points, before a run of bad results in the 2018/19 campaign culminated in his sacking after a defeat to Liverpool.

Bohui, meanwhile, moved to United at the same time as Mourinho but after an unsuccessful spell in the club’s academy, the 21-year-old left for Dutch side NAC Breda.

Speaking to Planet Football, Bohui revealed how he felt he was not given the support he needed to develop in training by Mourinho.

“It was not that Jose did not treat me well, which some in the media speculated, it was just that there didn’t seem to be a clear pathway for me under him,” the striker said.

“On the training ground, he never spoke to me about what I had to do better and, sometimes, I could not understand what he wanted.

“I also felt that he was not approachable. If I knew I had done well in a training session, he was not there to be supportive – it was the same if I knew I had to improve on something

“It was better for the whole club [that Mourinho was sacked] – United have a style of play which he was not bringing, so he had to be replaced.”



Mourinho’s successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came in for significant flak earlier in the season but he has turned a corner, with his side unbeaten in 11 matches before the season was put on hold.

Solskjaer has shown a willingness to give youngsters an opportunity too, with 18-year-old Mason Greenwood scoring 14 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions this season.

“When Jose was there, there were no opportunities for me, Mason, Angel [Gomes] or [Tahith] Chong, but now Ole’s in charge there’s a different vibe and spirit around the place.”

Key to United’s run has been the impact of January signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo, who have hit the ground running at Old Trafford.

In other news, Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho reportedly has three key reasons for wanting to move to United in the summer.

The England international has been heavily linked with Solskjaer’s side in recent months.

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