Jose Mourinho's departure has caused an interesting reaction amongst the players

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Jose Mourinho has been sacked as manager of Manchester United after two and a half years at the club.

The Portuguese's demise was sealed after a thumping 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, with United facing 36 shots on goal.

Mourinho had travelled to Carrington to take a training session as per usual but was sacked 45 minutes after his arrival at the training ground.

United players had the Monday morning off as Mourinho stayed in London to spend time with family before the eventual news broke the following day.

Michael Carrick has been announced as interim boss in the meantime and the club has said they will make an official external appointment in the next 48 hours.

A dressing room source has revealed that the general consensus was that the players were 'happy' with the decision and are excited to be playing a more adventurous style of play in the near future.

The Manchester Evening News has reported that Mourinho lost the majority of his dressing room in a pre-match meeting at Southampton earlier this month where the former Chelsea boss ridiculed the players, singling out Paul Pogba as the scapegoat.

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The club has also revealed that they felt stripping Pogba of the vice-captaincy was predominantly down to Mourinho's ego.

This has turned out to be merely a minuscule issue as the main problem has been the style of play and development of younger players - something Mourinho has been criticised for in the past.

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It can certainly be argued that the plateauing of form does not match up with the £358 million spent, despite Mourinho's continued disgruntlement with the club's lack of financial backing.

Mourinho has failed to stay at a club beyond three years once again, which tells you that he is the common denominator when it comes to his squad's morale deteriorating.

Whether this case is solely down to the 55-year-old, that would only be an uneducated presumption.

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