Jose Mourinho leaves Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United tenure is over after the Premier League club announced his departure on Tuesday morning.

The 55-year-old will leave his position with immediate effect.

United are sixth in the league table, 19 points adrift of bitter rivals Liverpool, whose 3-1 win over Mourinho’s men on Sunday turned out to be his last match in charge.

The Portuguese joined United in May 2016 and guided them to success in the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League in his first season.

But he was unable to deliver success in the Premier League, with United finishing sixth in 2017, and second – but 19 points adrift of runaway champions Manchester City – in 2018.

A statement made on the club's website read: 

"Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.

"The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.

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"A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager."

Michael Carrick is believed to be taking charge of training until a caretaker manager is officially appointed, a decision which some are reporting to be made within the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile the early favourites to be given the role on a full-time basis next summer include Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino.

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