The $700 million blunder behind Jose Mourinho's sacking as Manchester United manager

Arnold Nichols
December 20, 2018

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has given his support to Jose Mourinho, after he was sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday.

But injuries hampered the Ivory Coast worldwide in his second year, including missing three months with an ankle issue, and he no longer appeared to be assured of a first-team place upon his return.

"So, there is no secret communication between the Norwegian PM and Manchester United Football Club", she added.

Mourinho was dismissed on Tuesday after leading United to their worst ever start in a Premier League season.

Both player and manager had glowing things to say about each other at first, but frustration mounted for whatever reason and Mourinho started treating the 2018 World Cup victor like a second-class citizen. I hope you media respect this way for me to be.

Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg has explained how she prematurely broke the news of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's appointment as Manchester United's caretaker manager several hours before the club issued the formal announcement.

But experts say it is the players who are the real stars, not the manager, and that when a team like United struggle as they have this year the pressure to make changes will come from the fans, shareholders and even the players. You know me. If you want to walk with me, lets go to Battersea!

3:39                                            Molde's managing director says that Solskjaer's move is a loan
3:39 Molde's managing director says that Solskjaer's move is a loan

The klaxon alarms had been ringing all season, but the final straw came in the club's 3-1 capitulation at Anfield, showing just how big a gulf has emerged between the Reds and their rivals.

His relationship with Paul Pogba, the club's record signing, appeared broken after leaving the France midfielder out of the team for their last three league games.

Mourinho's assistant and former captain, Micheal Carrick is reportedly going to be in charge until a new manager is appointed.

Pogba may get fined but his mood around the club is likely to be much improved now that Mourinho is no longer in charge at Old Trafford.

"Why should I be sharing more now?"

By the end, the old magic that marked Mourinho out as one of the greatest coaches of his generation had gone.

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