Shortly before 10am this morning, Manchester United announced in a club statement that Jose Mourinho had left the club with immediate effect.
The 20-time English champions later confirmed that Michael Carrick and Kieron McKenna will take charge of training for the next couple of days as they continue their search for a caretaker manager within the next 48hours.
Here, we take a look at what fueled the former Man United manager’s sack this morning.
Lost Dressing Room:
Poor man management has been one of the underlying factors that have tarnished the image of Jose Mourinho’s coaching career over the past 10 years.
In his first and second spells at Chelsea, he had feuds with John Terry and Eden Hazard respectively.
At Real Madrid there was another clash with then club captain Iker Casillas and key man Cristiano Ronaldo.
His issues at Man United began with his treatment of Luke Shaw soon after he took over the helms of affairs at the club as he consistently criticized his performance as well as deprived him of playing time.
Then came the likes of Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly who were also criticized by the manager. Things got out of hand when Mourinho criticized the then world’s most expensive player Paul Pogba during United’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley and which subsequently led to the player being benched for several matches in January this year.
Then there was that famous handshake burst up at the training ground between the two which both Mourinho and Pogba tried to play down talks of a rift between himself and Pogba. This happened earlier this season after the player was stripped of his vice captaincy role by Mourinho.
Transfer Policy and Breakdown of Relationship with the Board:
Mourinho’s arrival at Manchester United began a new era which was gladly met by United fans with the arrival of big named players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba.
In his second season he brought in the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and swapped Henrik Mkhitaryan for Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window. Things went well for United in his first season as he won the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and Europa league respectively.
Despite all these investments in the second season, Man United struggled and were far off from the title though they finished in second place. They were also eliminated in the Champions League knockout stage after a disappointing home defeat to Old Trafford.
His woes continued as his team lost the FA Cup to his former employers Chelsea at Wembley in May.
Jose Mourinho however made it clear to his board that he needed to strengthen his defense but the board were apparently not interested in pumping in more money to recruit new center backs, questioning Mourinho’s usage of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof. Bailly and Lindelof who were both bought by Mourinho have struggled at United with injuries and disappointing performances hampering their development.
Mourinho will feel hard done by since the United hierarchy failed to back him in the transfer market when he needed them most in other to outmuscle his opponents at Liverpool and Manchester City.
Klopp since his appointment at Anfield in October,2015 has signed 19 players amounting to 382,850,000 pounds while his counterpart Pep Guardiola has signed 22 new players amounting to an excess of over 500,000,000 euros in less than 3 years.
The question remains, does Manchester United not have the money to back their manager in the transfer market or was it a plotted effort to sabotage him since they knew he would be sacked before the season ends?
Mourinho, since he arrived in England in 2004 has often been bashed by the media and football fanatics all over the world due to his pragmatic playing style.
He has been chastised for his defensive and more cautious style of play most often though other managers are praised when they defend well against the top teams and come away with a point.
David Moyes lost 15, drew 9 and won 27 of his 51 games in charge of Man Utd representing a win rate of 52.94%.
Louis van Gaal who took over from Moyes also lost 24, drew 25 and won 54 of his 103 games in charge as United boss while the ‘’defensive’’ Mourinho won 84, drew 32 and lost 28 of his 144 games at the helm of affairs as United Manager which represents a 58.3% win percentage which is surprisingly close to Sir Alex’s 59.67% but stats do not capture style as United have failed to excite the Old Trafford faithful for the past 3 years under him.
Man Utd fans particularly have not been impressed with the team’s style of play and could not hide their displeasure as they chanted ‘’Attack, Attack, Attack’’ during some of United’s home games both last season and this season.
In Conclusion the Manchester United board feel Jose Mourinho has failed to get the best out of his star studded side and has paid the price for it, though he can’t take all the blame alone for the lack of desire shown by the red devil players.
By: Nana Kwame Amoah (Sir Kay)/Universnewsroom.com