Rift with players led to Mourinho sacking

Rio Ferdinand believes Jose Mourinho took Manchester United as far as he could

Jose Mourinho leaves Man United after 2½ years

Manchester United says Jose Mourinho has left the Premier League club with immediate effect.

Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday after failing to restore its status as a major European force in a turbulent 2½-year spell marked by clashes with players and increasing disgruntlement at the team's style of play.

A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club searches for a new full-time manager.

United's awful form, his alleged battles with his players, and generally miserable demeanour has led many to question whether the self-named "Special One" has lost his touch. Sir Alex Ferguson is obviously Sir Matt Busby, the great Scottish patriarch who built an empire so formidable that he was sure it would outlast him.

In two and a half seasons in charge at Old Trafford, Mourinho delivered the 2017 Europa League and 2017 League Cup - but the Portuguese icon never came close to adding to his collection of Premier League titles.

United would have been encouraged by last season's second place finish as local rivals Manchester City were out of sight in a record points season.

Neville thinks Pochettino is the
Neville thinks Pochettino is the “outstanding candidate” to replace Mourinho

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said at a press conference: "I can imagine the last few months were not a joy (for Mourinho)".

"Tottenham improved a lot with him". It is not nice to face all those questions.

They are 11 points off the top four and closer to the relegation zone than the top of the table.

However, none of this seemed to have rubbed off on Paul Pogba who posted pictures with his "brother" and Juventus superstar Paulo Dybala in an Adidas event in Paris.

"That prompted Neville to tweet: "Caption This" You do one as well!"

Words that have sprung to mind in Mourinho's plummet to mediocrity this season also risked washing off onto the United brand. Mourinho had to go in the end.

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