Jose Mourinho sacked as Manchester United manager
Jose Mourinho‘s troubled tenure as Manchester United manager has come to an end.
The club announced on Tuesday morning the 55-year-old has left his post with immediate effect with a “thorough recruitment process” now taking place to find his successor.
Michael Carrick, who has been a coach at the club since he retired from playing in May, will take training and United are set to appoint a caretaker manager this week to lead them until the end of the season when a permanent replacement is expected to be installed.
Man Utd statement
“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.
“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”
The final straw
United are sixth in the league table, 19 points adrift of bitter rivals Liverpool, having suffered their worst start to a Premier League season.
The 3-1 defeat at Anfield on Sunday proved to be the final straw.
A man with a reputation for having difficult third seasons throughout his career could not change that pattern at Old Trafford, with recent months being marked by high-profile clashes with star players Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, and apparent discontent over the club's failure to sign a defender in the summer.
The Portuguese joined United in May 2016 and guided them to success in the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League in his first season.
But he was unable to deliver success in the Premier League, with United finishing sixth in 2017, and second – but 19 points adrift of runaway champions Manchester City – in 2018.
In January this year United handed Mourinho a contract extension until 2020, but they have now finally decided to part with the former Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid boss.
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