Barely days after their bruising 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the English Premier League (EPL), Manchester United have sacked their controversial manager, Jose Mourinho after identifying a catalogue of his failings at the club. This was revealed by a tweet from Manchester United’s official twitter handle.
Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club.
We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future. #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 18, 2018
The 55-year-old Portuguese took over the management of the club in May 2016 and led United to League Cup and Europa League titles but currently, they are 19 points behind EPL leaders, Liverpool.
The club says its new manager would have to understand the philosophy of the club, including its attacking traditions, having achieved little or no progress with results or style despite spending nearly £400 million on 11 players.
The decision to sack Mourinho, which will cost the Red Devils more than £18 million has been taken in the long-term interests of the club, with a regard that the club is bigger than any one individual.
Mourinho is understood to have wanted his own structure at the club but a new manager will be appointed with a head of football above him who would be reporting to the club’s Executive Vice-Chairman, Ed Woodward.
“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 manage,” a statement from the club said.
“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future,” it added.
The club also hopes to appoint a caretaker-manager before they face Cardiff City on December 22, which will not be assistant manager, Michael Carrick or academy boss, Nicky Butt nor will it be former Arsenal gaffer, Arsene Wenger.
In October, there were reports that Mourinho might be sacked prior to their home game against Newcastle but after the team came back from a 2 goal deficit to win 3-2 and seemingly bought more time for the former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss.
Mourinho’s 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 when he left Chelsea on 20 September, 2007 during his first spell at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho’s record at Manchester United was 114 Games, 84 Wins, 32 Draws, 28 Defeats, 58.3 Win %, 2017 Europa League and 2017 Carabao Cup.