Manchester United have sacked José Mourinho following Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool, ending a tenure that began in May 2016. After a poor start to the Premier League season, they have fallen 19 points behind the leaders, Liverpool. Apart from that, they have fallen off the pace in the hunt for a top-four place. They have won only once in six league matches, drawing during that sequence with struggling Southampton and Crystal Palace.
Relations between the manager and the executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, also seemed strained after the club did not sign a central defender this summer. Mourinho has seemed less than happy since the buildup to the season when he reported preparations as “very bad” because many of his senior players were resting after the World Cup.
In two full seasons at Old Trafford, Mourinho won the Europa League and League Cup (2016-17) before finishing second in the Premier League last season and reaching the FA Cup final.
Manchester United have made their worst start to a league season since 1990-91 and sit sixth in the Premier League.
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