Manchester United have sacked manager Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese leaving with immediate effect.
England’s most successful club announced the news stating they will bring in a caretaker boss to take charge for the remainder of the season, before finding a permanent replacement.
First-team coach and former player Michael Carrick took charge of training on Tuesday following Mourinho’s exit.
Having overseen their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign, the announcement will not be of a huge surprise to United fans.
The timing of the 55-year-old’s sacking is the only element that came as a surprise though, with a busy Christmas schedule fast approaching.
However, it seems the 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday was the final straw for the Manchester United hierarchy.
Although it was not just on the pitch where Mourinho had problems with it well reported that the former Chelsea boss had issues with certain players, most notably Frenchman and record-signing Paul Pogba.
Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane are the two managers topping the list for the most likely permanent replacements.
Zidane is out of work at the moment having left Real Madrid at the end of last season, following a staggeringly successful period winning three consecutive Champions League trophies.
On the other hand, Pochettino is very much in work, currently doing a phenomenal job at Tottenham Hotspur.
The North London club have a host of young talented players and are about to move to their new stadium.
Of course, there’s a lot of football to be played between now and the summer. Many more managers could become available, or alternatively rule themselves out the running for the job.
As for now, the club have stated they will announce the caretaker within the next 48 hours.
Club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have emerged at the front of the queue. However, Ryan Giggs, Carrick and even Arsene Wenger have all been mentioned.
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