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Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho with immediate effect.
The club will appoint an external caretaker manager in the next 48 hours, before appointing a new full-time manager next summer.
“Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect,” a club statement read.
“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.
“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.”
Sixth-placed United have made their worst ever start to a Premier League season, and are 19 points off league leaders after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield.
Mourinho leaves the club with a record of 84 wins in his 144 matches in charge, having claimed a Europa League and EFL Cup double in the ’16/17 season.
The Red Devils finished second last season, and the Portuguese manager signed a contract extension earlier this year.
However, the 55-year-old voiced his displeasure in the summer over the club’s refusal to sign a central defender, and United have endured a miserable start to the season.
He has had ongoing issues with Paul Pogba – who was stripped of his vice-captaincy earlier this season – and has been openly critical of other players this season.
Michael Carrick will serve as interim manager until a caretaker is appointed in the coming days.
Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club.
We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future. #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 18, 2018