Manchester United sent shockwaves across the football world Tuesday by firing manager Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils have made their worst start to a season in almost 30 years, and the 3-1 defeat at rivals Liverpool – which left them 19 points behind their opponents – proved to be the final nail in the Portuguese’s coffin at Old Trafford.
Despite having reached the Champions League knockout stages — United face a scary last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain — a mix of the results, dressing-room discord and criticism of the board’s transfer policy proved crucial factors in the decision to dismiss him.
It’s the fourth time the 55-year-old Portuguese would be fired from a club in his third season – having lost the job at Chelsea in his two spells, and at Real Madrid.
His latest dismissal has triggered a flood of reactions from across the football world
Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba say their goodbyes at Manchester United's training ground pic.twitter.com/6vMKlJb78y
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) December 18, 2018
Mourinho ended Gerrard’s career 😂😂. https://t.co/A2UBO7R0SD
— Vinay (@SemperFiUtd) December 18, 2018
after spending a weekend with liverpool fans, i've learned that one of the most universal phrases in the english lexicon is "oh fuck off, mourinho" and i arise on this fine day to see mourinho has indeed fucked off. lovely.
— bobbito francisco (@robertontenient) December 18, 2018
Mourinho is a walking meme these days. If you want this clown at Milan you suffer from a mental illness
— Sellvio Berlu$coni (@Pure_Milanista) December 18, 2018
"I will destroy Man United" – Mourinho 2004
Mission accomplished. pic.twitter.com/9rLWBJE6cZ
— Ayden (@AddictedToCFC) December 18, 2018
Mourinho's been out of work a matter of hours and he already looks about 10 years younger.
The man is glowing. pic.twitter.com/J6ooyUgKkU
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) December 18, 2018
Jose Mourinho will win another trophy before Manchester United do.
Hope this helps
— Mike (@MikeLUHG) December 18, 2018
José Mourinho needs to be reminded that his tactics and personality in football is outdated..
— Engr tolu tezzy_ (@tolutezzy_) December 18, 2018
Jose Mourinho is sacked!
— LESSONS OUT NOW (@LethalBizzle) December 18, 2018
As Mourinho has gone what if they give us Wenger? 🤔🤔🏃🏿🏃🏿
— ITS DONJAZZY AGAIN😉 (@DONJAZZY) December 18, 2018