The defeat last weekend against Liverpool, which leaves Manchester United 19 points behind the leader of the Premier, seems to have been the straw that has filled the glass. The Red Devils have announced by surprise this Tuesday through a statement that Jose Mourinho leaves the club with “immediate effect”.
The official information does not clarify if it is a dismissal or a decision agreed between the parties but makes it clear that Mourinho, 55, no longer belongs as the boss of United. The Portuguese has spent two and a half seasons sitting on the bench of Old Trafford, where he has won a Community Shield, a League Cup, and a Europa League.
Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club.
We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future. #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 18, 2018
In the official statement, Manchester United reports that an interim coach will be appointed until the end of the season, and it will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, at the same time that a selection process for hiring a definite long-term technician begins. The work of the Portuguese is also appreciated and “luck in the future” is desired.
This is the end of Mourinho’s dream, who never hid that one of the challenges in his professional career was to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson and train Manu. An opportunity that finally came to him and seems to have been wasted after having completed the worst league start of the club in the last 28 years. Above all, the balance of the team has been more than disappointing after spending more than 400 million on signings.
— Independent Sport (@IndoSport) December 18, 2018
His relationship with Pogba had become muddled
In recent weeks, his relationship with Paul Pogba, the most expensive signing in the history of Manchester United, seemed to have blurred. The Frenchman had been left out of the team in the last three league games for no apparent reason. In addition, the coach had publicly expressed his displeasure towards the club for not having signed a center back in the summer. Definitively removed from the fight to recover the Premier League and eliminated from the Carabao Cup by Derby County, the Portuguese coach leaves the Red Devils bench with the team qualified for the Round of 16 in the Champions League, a round in which Paris Saint Germain will be measured.
We can confirm that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season.
He will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, together with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna. #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 19, 2018
English football no longer has the patience
The Portuguese coach will no longer be able to coach Manchester United in the Round of 16 in one of the most interesting matches against PSG. English football no longer has the patience of the one that boasted other years and has not waited any longer. The owners do not trust the coach who in the first season in charge of the team gave them the Europa League but has not built a team capable of fighting with the Premier League greats. The tensions between the owners and the coach come from far away. The technician reproaches them that they have not allowed him to make competitive signings and therefore, little could be expected from his team. In the English club, the majority consider that Mourinho has not been able to get the right performance to the template.