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Manchester United Fires Manager Jose Mourinho Following Run Of Poor Results

English football club Manchester United has sacked manager Jose Mourinho amid their disastrous 2018/19 campaign.

The 55-year-old Portuguese coach won league titles with Porto, Chelsea, Internazionale and Real Madrid but failed to replicate his success at Old Trafford and the club has finally decided to part ways with him following a roller-coaster spell and two trophies.

Mourinho took over the reins at United after Louis van Gaal was fired and guided the club to League Cup and Europa League success. But he failed in his quest to deliver the Premier League title.

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Sunday's loss to Liverpool was the last straw for the Red Devils, who announced the manager's departure via their official website on Tuesday morning.

"Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect," they said in a statement.

"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."

The Premier League club spent over £400 million on 11 players during Mourinho's tenure as boss, yet they made very little progress and he leaves them with a 19-point gap between themselves and league leaders Liverpool.

There was also a bit of unrest between Mourinho and his squad, most notably with French star and World Cup winner Paul Pogba, who had been having various issues with the manager since the end of last season.

It has since been reported that players and staff had been unhappy with Mourinho's management style, as well as his failure to develop their youngsters.

Their opting to sack him, though, will cost them more than £18 million as they will have to award him what he would have made as the club's manager if he remained in charge.

What This Means

United are currently sixth on the Premier League table but are 11 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and have little hope of finishing in a Champions League place at the end of the season.

They plan to appoint a caretaker manager ahead of their match against Cardiff City on December 22 but it will not be assistant manager Michael Carrick or Academy custodian Nicky Butt.

Per BBC sports, a candidate will be chosen from outside the club, however, former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been ruled out.

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