​Former ​Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho appeared to take a subtle dig at the current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer while talking to L'Equipe, as ​reported by Manchester Evening News.

The legendary Portuguese manager ​was sacked by United following a dreadful run of results and low player morale. 

The club's former striker and Molde FK coach Solskjaer took over in the interim, and produced a magical run of results, including a spectacular comeback win against PSG at the Parc de Princes in the ​Champions League round of 16. 

This practically forced the Red Devils' board to give the job to the Norwegian on a ​permanent basis, but little did the fans and the board know that the winning run was merely papering over the same cracks the squad had faced under Jose Mourinho, as they finished sixth in the Premier League.

"Generally, the players can feel a certain erosion. Especially when you ask a lot of them. When I say that the second season was fantastic, I say it because the potential and the objectives were met," Mourinho told L'Equipe.

"Why? Because I really squeezed, like an orange, to achieve them. When you have a very professional group of players who are ambitious, hard-working and talented, at a structured club, you don't have that erosion."

"When you are almost alone, in that you don't have the support of the club close to you, while certain players go somewhat against the coach, who is the nice guy. I don't want to be the nice guy, because the nice guy, after three months, is a puppet and that doesn't end well.

"But you shouldn't be a coach who is negative all the time, either. You need to look for that balance. In fact, the problem of the coach is the same as that which a teacher at a school can have," he concluded.