Ahead of the season, no one could have expected Manchester United to be in the position they are in at the moment.
With only seven league wins under their belt, the Red Devils find themselves sixth, a staggering 11 points off the top four.
Fingers have been pointed at Jose Mourinho for some time so it was no surprise that he received the chop on Tuesday morning.
The sacking came two days after table toppers and arch rivals Liverpool stuck the final nail in the coffin, beating them 3-1 at Anfield.
The defeat proved to be United’s seventh this season and they now face an uphill battle to clinch a Champions League spot.
Jurgen Klopp was in the opposing dug-out on Sunday and he was full of praise for Mourinho despite his departure.
In a press conference ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Wolves on Friday, Klopp said:
“He’s a very competitive guy. Very ambitious. Really Competitive. He has all my respect.
“He’s unbelievably successful and I can imagine the last few months were not a joy for nobody, especially not him.
“It’s not nice when you have to face these questions every day but nobody can take away all the things he has won.
“I wish he has that in mind and not other things that have happened in the last few months.
“He is an outstanding manager.”
Mourinho’s Time at United
This season aside, Mourinho’s time at Man United has been far from disastrous.
It only took a matter of months before the Portugese got his hands on silverware, albeit the Community Shield.
However, that was the start of a very shaky debut season for Mourinho who could only guide United to a sixth placed finish.
He did have other things to cheer about, though.
The 55-year-old helped his side to EFL Cup and Europa League glory that season, bagging three pieces of silverware in his first year in charge.
As for the last campaign, their rise continued as Mourinho guided United to a second place finish in the league, the club’s highest position since their title-winning year of 2013.
Happy days at Old Trafford.
However, this season saw the complete opposite.
In fact, United endured their worst start to a campaign in 28 years.
Consequently, the board lost hope in Mourinho and he faced the chop.
United are now on the hunt for a new caretaker boss and an appointment is likely to happen in the next 24 hours.
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