Rio Ferdinand reacts to Manchester United sacking Jose Mourinho

Manchester United have parted company with Jose Mourinho after their worst start to a season in the Premier League era.

French midfielder Paul Pogba rejoined Manchester United right before Mourinho's first season with the club after it paid Juventus a then-record $113 million transfer fee, according to the Post.

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

Mourinho's successor might not be leading a team in the Champions League next season, with United 11 points behind fourth-place Chelsea approaching the midpoint of the Premier League. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.

Mourinho had promised United would reach January in the top four, only for the team to win one out of four league games in December.

Of all the freaky, irascible behavior Mourinho displayed on the touchlines at Old Trafford (which, ironically, is akin to pretty much all of his stops), the gradual devolution of their relationship is most baffling. United has already conceded more goals in the league than it did in all of last season. However, you get the feeling that anyone other than Mourinho would do at the moment. Both Arsenal and Chelsea have managers who are competing in their first seasons at the clubs.

He has won EFL Cup and Europa League honours with United and last season guided the club to a highest league finish and points tally since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

2:15                                            Jamie Carragher discusses why Manchester United sacked Jose Mourinho
2:15 Jamie Carragher discusses why Manchester United sacked Jose Mourinho

United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward ended Mourinho's reign during a brief meeting at the club's training ground on Tuesday morning.

Even more galling for United fans was to see fierce rivals City and Liverpool under Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp marrying success with entertaining football.

Mourinho said the club's difficulties with injuries had been a long-term issue.

"Of course the style, how they play, it's for me too", he said.

The manager's overall EPL points haul of 176 since his appointment by United lagged behind City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea during the same period.

Mourinho had also been unhappy that United's board failed to back his wish to sign a central defender in the offseason.



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