Manchester United have confirmed the departure of manager Jose Mourinho after the club’s stuttering run of form led to theirworst-ever start to a Premier League season.
It is understood Michael Carrick will look after affairsbefore the club appoint an external candidate in the next 24 to 48 hours to take charge on a caretaker basis for the rest of the season.
A statement from the club said: “Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect. 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.
Mourinho’s relationship with key members of his playing squad appeared to have disintegrated this season, with a public training-ground face-off with Paul Pogba andclub captain Antonio Valencia being forced to apologise for ‘liking’ an Instagram post calling for Mourinho to be sacked.
The former Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid manager hadhoped to stay at United for 15 years, but he has lasted little more than two.
Mourinho leaves United in sixth place in the table and 19 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool.
The Portuguese’s final match in charge was a 3-1 loss against United’s arch rivals at Anfield on Sunday.
United’s next league fixture is away to Cardiff on Saturday evening.
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