Jose Mourinho has left Manchester United after two and a half years in charge of the club with immediate effect after a dismal start to the season, the Premier League side announced on Tuesday.
Mourinho was brought in as the manager of Manchester United in 2016 after the sacking of Louis Van Gaal despite the former Netherlands manager winning the FA Cup in his last days.
Mourinho won Manchester United the EFL Cup and the Europa League in the first two years in charge but has had a disastrous season so far.
“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.”
Manchester United are currently placed sixth in the Premier League table 19 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool, who have 45 points after 17 matches.
United’s fiercest and oldest rivals Liverpool are still unbeaten in the Premier League season and it appears that United’s 3-1 outclassing at the hands of Liverpool at the Anfield this weekend was the final straw for Mourinho’s career at Old Trafford.
United have won only seven matches of their 17 in the Premier League so far and have lost five, including losses to a struggling West Ham United (3-1 away) and Brighton & Hove Albion (3-2 away) since August.
Not only have the losses hurt United, draws against teams like Southampton, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers, have been equally disappointing.
In fact, United even crashed out of the third round of the League Cup on penalties against Frank Lampard’s Championship side Derby County after somehow scraping to draw 2-2 at full time.
Apart from the on-field results, United’s tensed dressing room has been on the forefront this season. From Mourinho’s public spat with Paul Pogba to tensions between him and Alexis Sanchez, the bitter environment around United had fans and experts worried alike.
Former United player Gary Neville had earlier even burst out at the United management for hurting the functioning and aesthetics of the club.