February 18 marks two months since Manchester United sacked Jose Mourinho.
Since then, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken over as interim manager and the Norwegian went unbeaten in his opening 11 games.
But that run came to an end last week as United lost 2-0 to a weakened Paris Saint-Germain side in the Champions League last 16.
Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe’s goals – not to mention Paul Pogba’s red card – have given the Red Devils a mountain to climb in the second leg.
But Solskjaer has called on his players to rise to the challenge by going to Paris and reaching the same level as their opponents.
“Maybe you can say it’s a reality check, because that’s the level we want to get to,” he said. “Today we weren’t at the level. This is a level up from what we’ve played against.
“We’ve had a great run, we came into this game in a great frame of mind but it was a big step up. Don’t feel sorry for yourselves – this is a level up from what we’re used to.
“At this club we have to bounce back. When we go to Paris we’ll give it a go. It’s a hard mountain to climb but not impossible.”
United have two-and-a-half weeks to prepare for the second leg, but one man who doesn’t seem to be interested in how they get on is Mourinho.
The 56-year-old gave an interview in French with beIN SPORTS over the weekend (see below) and was asked: “You watched Man United 0-2 PSG – what did you think of it?”
But Mourinho simply said, “No,” and after being asked the question again he explained: “No. It’s hard for me to watch United, I prefer watching other clubs.”
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Mourinho’s refusal to watch United is sort of understandable, but it won’t be long before the Portuguese returns to management.
In the same interview, Mourinho explained that he’s open to managing in France’s Ligue 1 amid rumours that he could be set for a second spell with Real Madrid.
“I can imagine myself as a coach in Ligue 1,” he added. “I am a man who has worked in four countries. I like to know other cultures.
“Working in a new league would be a fantastic experience. For now I’m calm, I try to live better with my family and friends and I work calmly to hope for the opportunity to go back to football.”