Earlier this morning Manchester United issued a press release stating that “Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.”
In his time at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho won the League Cup and the Europa League. He finished 5th and 4th in his two full seasons in charge.
The announcement follows on the heels of United’s 3-1 loss at Anfield Sunday. Following the match, the voices of Gary Neville, Roy Keane, and Paul Scholes dominated the airwaves - insisting that, although the manager was at fault - they did not see United sacking Mourinho until the end of the season.
The decision to sack the Portuguese 55 year old is certainly questionable. Yes, the team is off to its worse start to a season in 28 years and yes, they are 19 points off league leaders Liverpool - but why did they not then sack him earlier in the season following losses to Manchester City or West Ham.
Looking at Manchester United’s upcoming schedule - which features matches against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, and Newcastle - a new manager will not be facing any giants of the Premier League when he takes over at Old Trafford.
Michael Carrick has been appointed interim manager, however he is likely to be replaced in the next 48 hours.
Frontrunners for the United job include Zinedine Zidane, Antonio Conte, and Laurent Blanc. Do not be surprised, however, if it takes until the end of a season before a manager of this caliber arrives at Old Trafford.
Mauricio Pochettino has also been linked with the job with the likes of Gary Neville urging the Manchester United board to take the bold step of tearing the Argentinian from the grips of Tottenham and the preying hands of Real Madrid.
With the current state of the club, far more than a new face in charge is needed to right the ship. The board must reorganize its priorities and the players must reignite the vigor that gained their transfer to the club in recent years.
The Special One will continue to update you on the situation at Manchester United, as well as an in depth look at Mourinho’s time at Old Trafford.