Jose Mourinho insists he always put Man Utd first despite high-profile rows with players and board

The Portuguese boss, 56, was sacked by Old Trafford chiefs in December after he led the club to their worst start to a season in 28 years.

Mourinho had 22 bust-ups with star midfielder Paul Pogba and vice-chairman Ed Woodward was tired of being blamed for the club's transfer problems.

But the Special One has claimed that he always put United first during his two-and-a-half year reign.

During an appearance on beIN Sports, he said: "If you tell me that in the past season that I had some problems… I don't want to speak about [that] for obvious reasons.

"I will not deny to you that some factors had an influence in that the last period was not a good one.

"It's impossible to win trophies without a good relationship with players.

"What you need sometimes is to accelerate some process, what you need to be is to be a club man and sometimes to be a club man you need to forget yourself a little bit.

"I think I always did it, sometimes for the good of the immediate needs of the club and group.

"I put myself in situations that in the eyes of people from the outside are not in the best position, but I don't regret that at all because I always give my all for the club."

Mourinho won the Europa League and the Carabao Cup with United after he took over from Louis van Gaal in 2016.

He added: "It's not possible to win trophies without a good relationship with the players.

"In Real Madrid I won trophies, in Chelsea I won trophies, a lot of them, three Premier League trophies, which is a lot in England.

"In Manchester United I won trophies too, it's not possible to win trophies without good [player] relationships."


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