- Mourinho leaves with United sixth in Premier League
- The Red Devils are 19 points behind leaders Liverpool
- New caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the season
Andy Mitten, editor of Manchester United fanzine United We Stand, on BBC Radio 5 live: “It has been coming in recent weeks. We’ve been doing polls where 80% of fans wanted him to leave. Very few people will be upset he has gone.
“He had a very good first season, an acceptable second season, but this season has been a disaster.
“The manager is not wholly responsible but he must take a lot of the blame. He is not the only one culpable, the players are not playing anywhere near their best level.
“They won’t be sad he’s gone.”
Was Sunday’s feeble fight at Liverpool the final straw? Ed Woodward, sat next to Sir Bobby Charlton at Anfield, looked shellshocked at how bad Mourinho’s side were.
Unsurprisingly Mourinho wasn’t impressed either. Here’s his final post-match interview as Manchester United manager…
BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter
While they were still in Europe I thought he had a chance of keeping his job.
Once they went out of Europe, and that looked likely after they drew Paris St-Germain yesterday, I thought he would be vulnerable.
I don’t see anyone available and suitable other than Zinedine Zidane.
So whose decision was it? Jose Mourinho has not had the demeanour of a happy man in recent months but, despite his obvious disenchantment (moaning about his squad, criticising players), it is hard to imagine he decided to walk…
The caretaker manager will NOT be Michael Carrick or Nicky
Will be external BUT NOT Arsene Wenger.
And who should be the caretaker manager? Some names have already been ruled out, according to BBC Sport’s Simon Stone…
Let’s start with the full Manchester United statement…
“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.”
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Plenty of Manchester United fans might disagree with that sentiment. In fact, it might be an early Christmas present for some of them.
Breaking news…. Jose Mourinho has LEFT Manchester United.
You never want to see anybody lose their job before Christmas. Right?