On 18 December, 2018, the Communications Department of Manchester United publicly announced Jose Mourinho’s exit as head coach of the English Premier League giants.
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Mourinho’s unexpected sack came barely two days after the Red Devils lost 3-1 to league leaders, Liverpool. The nervy game at Anfield trashed United’s hope of joining EPL’s Top 4 before the Christmas break, a result which leaves them with the worst performance since the 1990/91 season.
Michael Carrick was appointed interim coach for United and he will oversee the club’s training sessions at Old Trafford until a temporary or permanent agreement is reached with a new football manager.
A statement from United reads, “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.”
Jurgen Klopp’s men leaped to the first spot after winning their last five matches, including the outstanding victories over Bournemouth (4-0), Burnley (3-1), Everton (1-0) and Watford (3-1). Manchester City are second with 44 points from 17 games, just one less from Liverpool. Tottenham Hotspur (39) and Chelsea (37) are in the third and fourth positions respectively.
Arsene Wenger, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Laurent Blanc, Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane have been tipped as Mourinho’s possible replacements at Old Trafford.
According to RT, Paul Pogba, the France international footballer and World Cup winner who has reportedly been at loggerheads with Mourinho, posted and deleted a cryptic tweet in the aftermath of his master’s disappointment. The sacked Portuguese coach