Manchester United have announced that Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.
Red Devils have endured a disappointing period in the Premier League, with the club currently sitting in 6th position, 11 points adrift of a top-four place.
The Premier League table as it stands… pic.twitter.com/zOnd63Bngr
— EPL Watch (@EnglishPL_Watch) December 17, 2018
This performance had resulted in frequent speculation regarding the Portuguese’s future, and the 55-year-old’s working relationship with club-record signing Paul Pogba was a daily topic for debate.
Reports had suggested that Jose Mourinho would be given the Christmas period to improve club’s performance, but United announced on Tuesday morning that Mourinho had left the club.
A club statement read: “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.”
🔴 Jose Mourinho has been sacked by @ManUtd.
🏟 144 Games
✅ 84 Wins
🤝 32 Draws
❌ 28 Defeats
📈 58.3 Win %
👋 End of an era. pic.twitter.com/SdNENCVKy1
— SPORF (@Sporf) December 18, 2018
Mourinho joined United in May 2016 and after signing great players like Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic; Mourinho went on to win the EFL Cup and Europa League in his first campaign.
Red Devils also finished in second place to runaway champions Manchester City during the last season; but further progress on the pitch has not followed and it has resulted in Mourinho leaving the 8th club of his managerial career.