One of Premier League’s most successful coach Jose Mourinho, popularly known as the “Special One” has been sacked by Manchester United.
This comes shortly after loosing 1-3 to Liverpool over the weekend, which saw the Red Devils win just two out of their last eight matches in all competitions and sits 11 points off fourth placed Chelsea FC in the Premier League.
The Portuguese, 55, took over in May 2016 and led United to League Cup and Europa League titles but they are currently sitting sixth in the Premier League 19 points from top of the table, but closer to the relegation zone than leaders Liverpool, who beat them 3-1 on Sunday.
The club decided a change was needed after no progress with results or style despite spending £400m on 11 players who seldom made the starting 11.
The club also says the new manager will understand the philosophy of the club, including its attacking traditions.It is understood that players and staff are not happy after a disappointing and unsettling period.
Manchester United official twitted: “Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.”
The decision to sack Mourinho has been taken in the long-term interests of Manchester United with a regard that the club is bigger than any one individual.
The new manager will be appointed with a head of football in charge of overall football operations.
A United statement said: “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 manager.
“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.”
The caretaker-manager to replace Mourinho, who took over from Louis van Gaal in May 2016, will not be assistant coach Michael Carrick or academy boss Nicky Butt.
Former Real Madrid player and boss Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino of Totteham Hotspur, are among the favourites to take the role full-time come summer.