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At last Jose Mourinho gets the boot at Old Trafford after months of rumors swirling around of a potential sacking. This follows on the heels of one of the worst Premier League seasons ever for the Red Devils which sees them struggling on the 6th spot of the English Premier League table presently and a clear 19 points away from leaders Liverpool.
The accusations range from faulty team selection, a unimaginative and lackadaisical style of play when contrasted against rivals like Pep Guardiola & Jurgen Klopp and serious issues with key players like Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.
Mourinho was dismissed by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward during a short meeting at the club’s training ground on Tuesday morning.
The 55-year old Portuguese manager who loved courting controversies said that his players let him down after the demolition at Anfield at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday.
The decision to sack Mourinho may put a dent of £18 million on United coffers but that doesn't seem to have worried the management who believe that the club is bigger than any individual.
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The winner of 8 League and 4 European titles seems to have wanted his own structure at Old Trafford but was at constant loggerheads with Woodward over a host of issues.
The latest is that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has just been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season and will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, together with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.
As for a full-time boss of the club, there were strong rumors of Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino coming in but it's quite evident now that the 46-year old Argentine is committed to his job with the Spurs. In fact, there were hints from former Manchester United defender Gary Neville that Pochettino would be the “ideal candidate” to take over.
The hierarchy at Old Trafford have also been consulting Sir Alex Ferguson for his inputs on who could fit into the role of a long-term manager at the beleaguered club.
Ferguson, who attended United’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, is believed to be a huge admirer of Pochettino and both have also lunched in the past.
However, Pochettino signed a 5-year contract extension in May this year which keeps him tied to his club until 2023.
It will cost United nothing less than £35 million if they were to land the Argentine coach from Spurs next summer, a task that could be made harder with Real Madrid also evincing interest in him.
After high-profile failures at Chelsea and Manchester United, the future looks uncertain for Jose Mourinho. Wild possibilities and guesses will be, of course, doing the rounds in the days and weeks to come. For now, it's game of wait and watch at Old Trafford and for the ousted Mourinho.