Manchester United have announced that Jose Mourinho has left the club after two and a half seasons at the helm despite the signing of a new two-year contract at the beginning of the season.
Just days after a demoralizing 3-1 loss against Liverpool left United at sixth in the Premier League table, 19 points off the top, the board decided it was time to make a change. Michael Carrick will be appointed as interim manager for the next 48 hours, after which a new boss, likely from outside the club, will be announced until the end of the season while a search for a new permanent manager begins.
With only 26 points from their first 17 matches, Man United are in the midst of their worst PL start since 1990-91. They have conceded 29 goals this season, just one fewer than they allowed all of last season when they finished second. It also seemed as if Jose had lost the dressing room, despite his claims to the contrary, especially club-record signing Paul Pogba who was stripped of his vice-captaincy in September.
Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal in 2016 and did lead United to some silverware during his time in charge: winning the Community Shield in his first match and also added a Carabao Cup and a Europa League. There was also an FA Cup final with a second place finish in the Premier League last season. He won 84 of his 144 matches in charge.
It is rumored that Mauricio Pochettino from Spurs is the preferred choice for United, while Zinedine Zidane is also supposed to be considered.
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