Manchester United have confirmed manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect, ending his two and half year of tenure with the club. The decision has come after Manchester United’s 3-1 thrashing at hands of Liverpool at Anfield over the previous weekend.
An official statement from 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.”
That being said, sources have understand Michael Carrick isn’t a contender for the spot.
Michael Carrick not a contender to take the temporary job as caretaker. He will take training this week, but an outside appointment to be made as interim manager until summer. #mufc
— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) December 18, 2018
Mourinho has left United sixth on the Premier League, 14 points off the 18-placed Burnley and 19 points off the table toppers, Liverpool. Jose Mourinho’s relationship with the club’s board started deteriorating during the beginning of the season. He demanded a centre-back, but the club mentioned the players the Portuguese suggested were not an upgrade to the current roster.
SKY SOURCES UPDATE: Michael Carrick will be acting as interim manager of Manchester United until a new temporary manager is appointed – an external appointment is expected within 48 hours. Carrick and Kieran McKenna will continue to take training in the meantime. #SSN pic.twitter.com/8XhT0YWACc
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 18, 2018
Mourinho joined Manchester United back in 2016 and started his tenure in absolute style, winning the Community Shield followed by League Cup and the Europa League. In his second season, he led Manchester United in the FA Cup final – although lost to Chelsea – and finished off his season sitting 2nd on the table.
Irony, meanwhile, lies in the fact that he has been sacked exactly three years and a day after he was sacked by Chelsea in 2015.