Manchester United have finally sacked Coach Jose Mourinho, ending months of speculation about his job. The Premier league giants have had the kind of season that mid-table teams usually have, winning just two of their last eight matches in all competitions and sit 11 points off fourth place in the Premier League.
It has been a disappointing season so far as the Red Devils currently sit sixth in the Premier League table but have already lost five times in 17 matches , leaving them 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and 11 off fourth-placed Chelsea in the fight for Champions League places.
Mourinho has maintained all season that he wasn’t supported in the transfer window and more emphatically that he was not allowed to sign a new centre-back in the summer transfer window to bolster his ranks.
And now after two-and-a-half years at the Old Trafford helm, he is sacked just after Sunday’s disappointing 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool.
The statement from the club read,
“Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect,”
“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.”
In Mourinho’s first year at United, he won the the Community Shield in his first match in charge before claiming the League Cup thanks to a 3-2 win over Southampton .
The same team went on to defeat Ajax in the Europa league final, enabling them to qualify for the Champions league even though they came sixth in the league.
Mourinho’s second season in charge saw United finish a distant second in the Premier League to Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking Manchester City , and while they crashed out of the Champions League to Sevilla in the last 16 and lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea, there was hope the former Real Madrid boss would be able to kick on again having signed a new improved contract in the early weeks of 2018.
Jose Mourinho’s relationship with club-record signing Paul Pogba has been a constant talking point. The pair have been involved in exchanges on and off the pitch and one could even say Pogba was one of the reasons he was sacked. Same has happened with Romelu Lukaku.
World Cup winner Pogba has struggled for consistency under Mourinho, and this season things seem to have taken a turn for the worse, with the former Juventus man unable to hold down a regular berth in the ex-Chelsea boss’ preferred 11.
United must now appoint a new manager who can stir the ship back to winning ways and challenge in the Champions league, premier league and FA Cup this season.
Rumours have it that either Solksjaer, Zenedine Zidane or Mauricio Pochettino will be appointed full time at the end of the season.