Former Manchester United Jose Mourinho believes Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes played a part in him being sacked.

The self-made Special One came under fire from Scholes and Ferdinand during his final days as Red Devils manager in their roles as TV pundits.

And according to the Mail, Mourinho believes the criticism affected the dressing room and made his job almost impossible.

The 55 year-old is also said to have been surprised with some of the off-field departments after taking the United job.

Mourinho believed transport plans were not to the standard while he was also concerned about some of the hotels they had to stay in.

A source said: “Jose had the utmost respect for Sir Alex Ferguson and (former chief executive) David Gill. He saw them as real football people with experience in the field and knowledge in the corridors of football and power.

“That is what he thought he was buying into when he took the job. He found that was not the case with those who currently run the club.

“He feels the weakness at the top allows former players to have a greater voice.

“If the club was stronger at the top then their negative views would not have such an impact in the boardroom; dressing room or stands.”

The Mail add that the Portuguese tactician is now ‘saddened but philosophical’ after losing his job.