It had probably been a long time coming. But on Tuesday morning, Manchester United made it official. José Mourinho is no longer the manager at Old Trafford.
“Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect,” the club said in an official statement.
This comes on the heels of a 3-1 loss to Liverpool over the weekend, which saw United muster just six shots to Liverpool’s 36. The result also left the Red Devils with this distinction: they’ve scored as many goals (29) as they’ve conceded (29) this season. But that’s not all. After 17 Premier League matches, they sit sixth on points. However, there’s a big gap between fifth (Arsenal, 34 points) and United’s 26 points.
During Mourinho’s first season in charge, United won the Europa League and EFL Cup. Still, things have been off for quite some time now. He clearly doesn’t like the players at his disposal. And if he does, he sure has a strange way of showing it. The regressive football United continues to play despite boasting the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial is baffling.
For the time being, Michael Carrick has taken charge of United’s training session. But the club is going to look outside of the club for an interim replacement. The decision to sack Mourinho will end up costing United roughly £18 million, according to BBC Sport’s Simon Stone. Oh, and they’re still paying David Moyes despite his sacking back in April 2014.
Since David Moyes was given a six-year contract as #MUFC manager…
🏴 David Moyes
📅 July 2013 – April 2014
🏴 Ryan Giggs
📅 April 2014 – May 2014
🇳🇱 Louis van Gaal
📅 July 2014 – May 2016
🇵🇹 Jose Mourinho
📅 May 2016 – Dec 2018
Moyes’ deal still has 5 months left… pic.twitter.com/Ze48iCeSmd
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 18, 2018
As for ‘The Special One’ himself, we have no idea what’s next. Lately, his clubs turn into disasters within a season or so. Perhaps everything’s gone stale. Regardless, it’s probably best that bigger clubs keep him off their radar for a while.
Who should the Red Devils bring in to replace him?