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Jose Mourinho fired by Manchester United after two and a half years

Updated : December 18, 2018 05:09 PM IST

Jose Mourinho was fired by Manchester United on Tuesday, two days after English soccer's biggest club reached a new low in its disappointing season by losing to Liverpool in the Premier League. Assistant coach Michael Carrick will take charge of the team on an interim basis.United made its move with the team in sixth place in the league, 19 points behind first-place Liverpool and 11 points off fourth-place Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification. It is United's worst 17-game start to a league campaign since the 1990-91 season, and the team currently has a goal difference of zero. United said it will appoint a caretaker manager until the end of the season, but didn't say who it will be. Mourinho started his 2½-year tenure at United by winning two titles in his first season — the English League Cup and the Europa League — but failed to win a trophy in his second season and was criticized for the team's pragmatic playing style and his treatment of some players.His relationship with Paul Pogba, the club's record signing, appeared broken after leaving the France midfielder out of the team for its last three league games.Mourinho had also been unhappy that United's board failed to back his wish to sign a central defender in the offseason. United has already conceded more goals in the league than it did in all of last season.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, right, and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho seen prior to the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, England. Photo Credit-AP
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, right, and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho seen prior to the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, England. Photo Credit-AP
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho looks out from the bench prior a Group H Champions League soccer match between Valencia and Manchester United at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain.
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho looks out from the bench prior a Group H Champions League soccer match between Valencia and Manchester United at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain.
Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho during the training session at the AON Training Complex in Manchester, England, Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018. Man United will play against Valencia, in their Champions League group stage soccer match.
Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho during the training session at the AON Training Complex in Manchester, England, Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018. Man United will play against Valencia, in their Champions League group stage soccer match.
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho sits on the bench during the Champions League group H soccer match between Manchester United and Juventus at Old Trafford, Manchester, England. Manchester United announced Tuesday Dec. 18, 2018, Jose Mourinho has left the Premier League club with immediate effect.
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho sits on the bench during the Champions League group H soccer match between Manchester United and Juventus at Old Trafford, Manchester, England. Manchester United announced Tuesday Dec. 18, 2018, Jose Mourinho has left the Premier League club with immediate effect.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, seen through foam bubbles, wipes his forehead prior the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Manchester United at London Stadium in London in London, England. Manchester United says Jose Mourinho has left the Premier League club with immediate effect. The decision was announced Tuesday Dec. 18, 2018, two days after a 3-1 loss to Liverpool left United 19 points off the top of the Premier League after 17 games.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, seen through foam bubbles, wipes his forehead prior the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Manchester United at London Stadium in London in London, England. Manchester United says Jose Mourinho has left the Premier League club with immediate effect. The decision was announced Tuesday Dec. 18, 2018, two days after a 3-1 loss to Liverpool left United 19 points off the top of the Premier League after 17 games.
Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho reacts in frustration during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. Manchester United says Jose Mourinho has left the Premier League club with immediate effect. The decision was announced Tuesday Dec.18, 2018, two days after a 3-1 loss to Liverpool left United 19 points off the top of the Premier League after 17 games.
Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho reacts in frustration during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. Manchester United says Jose Mourinho has left the Premier League club with immediate effect. The decision was announced Tuesday Dec.18, 2018, two days after a 3-1 loss to Liverpool left United 19 points off the top of the Premier League after 17 games.
Manchester United's coach Jose Mourinho gives directions to his players during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Manchester United says Jose Mourinho has left the Premier League club with immediate effect. The decision was announced on Tuesday Dec.18, 2018, two days after a 3-1 loss to Liverpool left United 19 points off the top of the Premier League after 17 games.
Manchester United's coach Jose Mourinho gives directions to his players during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Manchester United says Jose Mourinho has left the Premier League club with immediate effect. The decision was announced on Tuesday Dec.18, 2018, two days after a 3-1 loss to Liverpool left United 19 points off the top of the Premier League after 17 games.
Published : December 18, 2018 04:10 PM IST
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