Jose Mourinho tried to get Dwight Yorke sacked for saying Guardiola would have won the Premier League at Manchester UnitedDecember 21, 2018
The Portuguese manager's relationships with many club figures and players had soured before he was sacked on Tuesday morning.
The ex-United striker joined other club ambassadors in criticism of Mourinho despite his team finishing second last season, 19 points behind Manchester City.
When asked whether the Red Devils would have won the league with Guardiola in charge, Yorke was blatantly honest.
He said in May: "I think they would definitely win the league, because he's on the front foot.
"Look on the blue half of Manchester.
"Don't tell me those players are so far superior to the players we have. We've got a very strong attacking line-up.
"The difference is they've got a manager who thinks positive and plays attacking football.
"We have a manager who wants to win 1-0 and be defensive."
ESPN has claimed that the comments made by Yorke infuriated Mourinho.
The Portuguese coach even clashed with United's board and demanded the 47-year-old be removed from his position – but the club declined.
Other ambassadors, however, were ordered not to attack Mourinho and urged to "be careful" when commenting on the Portuguese coach.
Mourinho had fallen out with many figures at United before being axed by the club on Tuesday morning.
He lost the trust of 90 per cent of the dressing room, with a rift between him and Paul Pogba particularly evident.
While United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had enough of being repetitively blamed by Mourinho for transfer problems and lack of support.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken over at Old Trafford as an interim coach with United sitting sixth in the Premier League, 19 points behind Liverpool.
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