LONDON | Portuguese coach José Mourinho, 55, has left Manchester United with “immediate effect,” the English Premier League football club said on Tuesday after a series of defeats.
“A new interim coach will be appointed until the end of the season, while the club will conduct a recruitment process for a new manager,” the club said in a statement.
Manchester United, one of the richest clubs in the world, will have a new technician on his bench to face the Paris SG in the last 16 of the Champions League (go to England on February 12, return to Paris on March 6).
“The Special One” has been on the hot seat for weeks because of the bad start to the season of MU, the worst in the league since 1990.
Manchester United are currently in 6th place in the Premier League, 19 points behind Liverpool and 11 points in the fourth and final qualifying spot for the Champions League.
Mourinho also had heated relations with midfielder French world champion Paul Pogba, who had been on the bench for several games despite a transfer of more than 100 million euros in 2016, as well as other players.
The only positive point, for now, is that ManU is qualified for the 8th finals of the Champions League.
As in Chelsea and Real
Mourinho, double winner of the Champions League as coach with FC Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010, extended in January 2018 his contract with the Mancunian club until 2020, with an additional year optional.
Arriving in 2016, he had replaced the Dutchman Louis van Gaal in Manchester. The “Red Devils”, three winners of the C1, have not won the title of champion of England since the 2012/13 season, the last of the iconic coach Alex Ferguson.
Mourinho left the club in his third season on the bench, as he had done at Chelsea (2013- December 2015) or Real Madrid (2010-2013), where his relationship with the locker room executives was also stormy.
In Manchester, he had a successful debut winning the League Cup and the Europa League in 2017. But his second season was marked by the resounding elimination in the second round of the Champions League by Sevilla FC, and 2nd place in the Premier League, far from Manchester City champion.
This season, the Portuguese with often provocative attitudes and statements has also been subject to disciplinary proceedings for “offensive language”. Accused of uttering insults on camera after his team’s victory against Newcastle (3-2) on 6 October, he was cleared by a disciplinary commission in late October, for lack of evidence, but the English Federation appealed.