Jose Mourinho has been sacked as the manager of Manchester United.
The 55-year-old left his position at Old Trafford with immediate effect earlier this morning.
Mourinho leaves United with the club languishing a distant sixth in the Premier League – a full 19 points behind bitter rivals Liverpool, who sit top.
The self-anointed Special One’s career now appears to be at something of a crossroads, given his recent high-profile failures at both United and Chelsea.
Where next for Mourinho?
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Next step for the club?
Manchester United will appoint a caretaker manager to succeed the sacked Jose Mourinho before their next Premier League game with Cardiff on Saturday 22 December 2018.
Former Red Devils striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is one name under consideration to take charge for the rest of the season. The club look to restructure with a technical director of football and a new permanent boss in the summer.
Solskjaer is in charge of Molde but because Norway’s domestic season finished in November, he may be free to retain that role and take the post at United. However, what would occur when Molde start their new campaign in March is unclear. Solskjaer had an unsuccessful Premier League stint with Cardiff in 2014.
Mourinho’s sacking, conducted face-to-face at Carrington on Tuesday morning by Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, followed the recent defeat at Liverpool and ended a tenure that began in May 2016.
United finally lost patience with a manager who was not adhering to the club’s core attacking values and who had overseen their worst start to a campaign for 28 years.