Jose Mourinho’s third season syndrome has struck once again.
The Portuguese coach was unable to break the curse that has riddled him throughout his coaching career, Manchester United relieving him of his duties on Tuesday.
Mourinho won the EFL Cup and the Europa League during his time at the club but it’s hard not to feel that the Red Devils have made the right decision.
Performances have been hugely disappointing this season - they were outclassed against Liverpool on Sunday - and there was no signs that the situation would improve.
So, although the payout will be costly, Man United felt that they had no choice but to move on from Mourinho.
His relationship with the club’s supporters was nowhere near as bad as it was with some of his players and many want the best for the 55-year-old.
Indeed, one has made a rather classy gesture by producing a Mourinho tribute video.
Man United fan's tribute to Mourinho
The caption reads: “Thank you for the memories, Jose Mourinho”.
The video, which is just under four minutes, shows his best times at the club.
The passionate celebrations, the Europa League final and the 3-2 win at Manchester City all feature, as does that reaction to defeating Juventus in the Champions League.
Many fans are getting rather emotional about it all.
But their emotions won’t last much longer; his departure is the beginning of what the club hope will be a successful rebuild.
Solskjaer will remain until the end of the season and by this point the club may have decided on Mourinho’s permanent replacement.
Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane have both been mentioned as potential candidates. So too has former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who is interested in the position according to the Telegraph.
Whoever takes the job will be under serious pressure though. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and now Mourinho have tried and failed in the role.
This isn’t how Man United planned for life after Sir Alex Ferguson - the original contract handed to Moyes hasn’t even expired yet - but the allure of managing one of the biggest clubs in the world remains.
And there’s enough quality in the squad for a talented coach to turn things around.News Now - Sport News