Mourinho sacked: Jose the best Manchester United manager since Ferguson - Gerrard

Jose Mourinho may be out of a job but Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says criticism of the former Manchester United boss is unwarranted.

Steven Gerrard does not believe Jose Mourinho deserves some of the criticism being aimed at him following his Manchester United exit on Tuesday.

United sacked Mourinho after two-and-a-half-years at Old Trafford, the club sitting sixth in the Premier League table, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool.

The Portuguese was criticised for his tactics at United, with some suggesting he had gone away from the style of play that was established under Alex Ferguson.

His abrasive style with the media and ongoing problems with his players – Paul Pogba in particular – led to some calling for Mourinho to be dismissed, something the club put into action following Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

However, Gerrard thinks Mourinho should also be given a lot of credit for restoring some pride at Old Trafford after David Moyes and Louis van Gaal's tenures.