Manchester United sacks Jose Mourinho following their poor start to the season.
Jose Mourinho leaves Manchester United after two-and-a-half years as manager following his final match 3-1 loss to Liverpool.
The Red Devils are 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool and trailing 11points off 4th-placed Chelsea in the fight for a Champions League spot.
Mourinho has continued to drop hints that he remains unhappy with the club at failure to spend big. The Portuguese was unable to persuade the club’s hierarchy to sign a new centre-back.
“Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect,” a statement read.
“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.”
Mourinho came in as a replacement for Louis van Gaal in the heat of 2016 summer and was tasked with leading the 20-time English champions back to the top of the domestic game after a barren three years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s appointment.
Further to performances on the pitch, reports of dressing room unrest have overshadowed Man Utd’s performances over the course of the season, with Mourinho’s relationship with club-record signing Paul Pogba a constant talking point.
Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, are among the favourites to take the role full-time come the summer.