Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Manchester United after the club’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool left them 19 points off the top of the Premier League.
Manchester United have announced they will part ways with Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho effective immediately.
Defeat to Liverpool over the weekend, led to an increase in calls to sack Mourinho who appeared to have lost control of the dressing room.
Mourinho became increasingly surly in his handling of the media, even taking exception to being asked for team news by the club’s own TV channel earlier this month.
The former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss won two pieces of silverware for the club since being appointed to the job in May of 2016 adding the League Cup and Europa League to United’s bulging trophy cabinet.
The defeat to Liverpool left United 19 points off the top of the table and just one bad weekend away from dropping into the bottom half of the table.
United are currently 11 points off of the pace of fourth placed Chelsea and face an uphill task to achieve Champions League football for the 2018/19 season. The club had previously suggested that Mourinho would be given until the Champions League knockout stage match against PSG to turn things around but tweeted the announcement on Tuesday morning.
A statement issued by 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.”
There had been signs of a rift between the Club’s chief executive Ed Woodward and Mourinho as early as the outset of the season when United failed to secure an additional central defender in the transfer market.
Manchester United finished second last season and reached the FA Cup final but this season Mourinho has been highly critical of the mental approach of his players, enduring high-profile squabbles with record-signing Paul Pogba in particular.
United are rumoured to be lining up former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane to take over from Mourinho.