Jose Mourinho: Manchester United sack manager

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Jose Mourinho: Manchester United sack manager

Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho as manager after two and a half years in charge at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese, 55, guided United to League Cup and Europa League titles.

But they are sixth in the Premier League, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool, who beat them 3-1 on Sunday.

“A caretaker-manager will be appointed until the end of the season while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager,” United said in a 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.”

The caretaker-manager to replace Mourinho, who took over from Louis van Gaal in May 2016, will not be assistant coach Michael Carrick or academy boss Nicky Butt.

The candidate will be drawn from outside the club, but will not be former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Paul Pogba tweeted 'caption this' before deleted his tweet
Paul Pogba tweeted ‘caption this’ before deleted his tweet

A familiar conclusion to a rocky season

United’s haul of 26 points after their first 17 Premier League games, is their worst tally in the top flight at this stage since 1990-91.

They are 11 points off the top four and closer to the relegation zone than the top of the table.

Mourinho’s sacking comes after a fall-out with £89m record signing Paul Pogba, who was an unused substitute for the defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

Following a 1-1 draw with Wolves, midfielder Pogba said he wanted United to be able to “attack, attack, attack” at home, which led Mourinho to say the France midfielder would no longer be the club’s “second captain”.

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In October, there were reports that Mourinho might be sacked prior to the home game against Newcastle, but after the team trailed 2-0, they turned it around to win 3-2 and seemingly buy the former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss more time.

His eventual dismissal continues his run of never completing four consecutive seasons in charge of a club.

Only once has he made it into a fourth campaign, but he left Chelsea on 17 December 2015 during his second spell at Stamford Bridge.

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Source: bbc

Mourinho’s record at United

Manager Games played Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against Win %
Jose Mourinho 144 84 32 28 243 117 58.33%
Alex Ferguson 1,500 895 338 267 2,769 1,365 59.67%
David Moyes 51 27 9 15 86 54 52.94%
Louis van Gaal 103 54 25 24 158 98 52.43%

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