Manchester United Sack Jose Mourinho As Michael Carrick Tips To Take Caretaker Role
Manchester United has sacked Jose Mourinho as the manager of the football club.
The club confirmed the news on their official Twitter account.
The statement read: "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.
"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."
Sources claim Mourinho's former assistant and ex-United captain, Michael Carrick, will take over as caretaker boss.
But bookies have former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane as the favourite to eventually take over the role permanently.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino and former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte are also among his potential replacements.
Despite winning the Europa League, Community Shield, and League Cup during his time at United, the Portuguese manager never managed to meet the expectations of fans.
This season has proven to be another slog for his side, and the recent 3-1 defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool was the final nail in his coffin as the club's boss.
But it might not all be bad news for the former Porto boss, with reports suggesting he could be in line for a £24 million payout from the club after being sacked while they remain in the Champions League.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, former Manchester United player Gary Neville said it has been an unsavoury few months for the club.
He said: "The moment earlier on in the season where it was clear the board didn't want to back a couple of Jose Mourinho's signings, to be honest at that point you are finished as a manager.
"What we've seen over the last three or four months is this play out in public. I said after the game at Liverpool on Sunday that Manchester United have been crawling along on their hands and knees minute after minute, hour after hour, match to match for the past few weeks. And it's been unpleasant, it's been unsavoury.
"You could see on the pitch it's impacting the players, who at this moment in time look completely demoralised, some games they look disinterested, some games they look inspired for 20 minutes.
"But the sacking of Jose Mourinho is the result of what happened last summer. When Jose came back first day of the pre-season tour and started making complaints in the media you knew that this was going to rumble on and there had to be some sort of control grabbed at that time.
"And a consequence of not backing your manager or going against them on one or two signings is it never ends well."
And the ex-England right back has picked his replacement.
He added: "The next manager of Manchester United should be Mauricio Pochettino and not just because he's done a good job at Tottenham. When I look at the values of Manchester United, you look at Pochettino's belief in young players, you look at his performance levels and the style of play, you look at the way in which he carries himself at all times, publicly and in private.
"For me he just feels like the most ideal candidate."
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