Former Manchester United and England defender Paul Parker has been consistently critical of the appointment of Jose Mourinho to Old Trafford since it was announced last May. Now, speaking exclusively to 888Sport, Parker has explained why he feels so uncomfortable with the self-proclaimed Special One at the helm of a club he still holds dear. It is all about the love.

“It comes down to how he handles situations with individual players because he’s all about people who love Mourinho and if you don’t show him what he wants that is you gone. All he wants from his players is that they love him.”

“If you work with someone you may not like him but if he’s doing a good job for you then you stick with him. With Mourinho it doesn’t work that way and therein lies the problem. That’s why Schweinsteiger has been pushed away. With Mata there seems to be a reprieve but I’m sure Mata hasn’t been fooled by that after starting against Bournemouth.”

“For Mourinho to be at the sharp end of Manchester United that’s a concern for me because he is saying that he has changed but he said that at the start of his second spell at Chelsea. We saw what happenedtwelve months later.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Paul Parker, including his thoughts on how Paul Pogba may not live up to the price-tag