Two Manchester United players pledged their allegiance to Jose Mourinho on Monday

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The footballing world is still digesting the news that Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Manchester United manager.

In truth, it shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise.

Following United’s 3-1 loss to arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday, they found themselves 19 points behind the league leaders after just 17 matches.

That simply isn’t good enough for Manchester United Football Club.

But it wasn’t just the results that were concerning.

His relationship with several of his players was deeply worrying - especially £89 million midfielder Paul Pogba.

So, before sacking Mourinho, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward organised a secret meeting with the players to consult them in his decision and gauge the feeling in the dressing room.

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And, according to the Mirror, it soon became apparent that the majority felt the club weren’t progressing under Mourinho and he needed to go.

However, the same report claims there were just two players that were still backing the boss.

The Mirror writes: “Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku are believed to have pledged their allegiance to the manager.”

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But Matic and Lukaku were very much outnumbered and, 24 hours later, Woodward dismissed Mourinho.

A statement 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.”

Rumours now suggest that former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to take over as caretaker boss until the end of the season.

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