Almost three years after he was fired by Chelsea in his second time in charge, Manchester United Tuesday sacked manager Jose Mourinho following the club’s worst start to a season in almost 30 years.
The 55-year-old Portuguese’s last match in charge was the 3-1 defeat by league leaders Liverpool on Sunday which left them 19 points behind their opponents.
It is United’s worst start in the league since 1990 and even his ambition of reaching the top four and a Champions League qualification spot is in danger with the club 11 points adrift of those places.
Mourinho has struggled this season with the team languishing in the 6th spot with just 26 points, a massive 19 points off league leaders, Liverpool.
Despite the club having reached the Champions League knockout stages – they face an intimidating last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain – a mix of the results, dressing-room discord and criticism of the board’s transfer policy proved potent factors in the decision to dismiss him.
Off field fight with star player Paul Pogba has not helped the Portuguese tactician either and he now finds himself out of a job.
A statement issued by the club 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.”
Mourinho lost his job at Chelsea on the 17th of December, 2015, and took over Man U at the start of 2016-17 season where he managed to lead the team to a Europa League triumph. However, things have not gone according to plan since, culminating in a terrible start to the current season.