Almost exactly three years after getting sacked at Chelsea (December 17, 2015) — for the second time! — José Mourinho has now had the honor of getting sacked at Manchester United as well. The sixth-place but well off the pace giants of English football announced the move this morning (December 18, 2018).
2015/16: Mourinho leaves Chelsea after defeat against #EPL table leaders Leicester City @LCFC— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) December 18, 2018
2018/19: Mourinho leaves @ManUtd after defeat against #EPL table leaders @LFC
Sorry, it’s not a “sacking”, it’s a ... leaving?
What an odd phrasing.
All it needs is Ed Woodward on MUFC TV talking about “palpable discord”.
Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 18, 2018
We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future. #MUFC
United’s full (and very brief) statement says that an interim manager will be appointed until the end of the season (Michael Carrick? Gary Neville? Guus Hiddink?) and then a new permanent manager will arrive in the summer. If that doesn’t scream Antonio Conte (or Pochettino?), I’m not sure what does, and that fills me with a bit of dread even as I’m laughing here at José “What do you mean by fix?” Mourinho.
HAHAHAHA OH MY GOD pic.twitter.com/sdY3j7vH6r— John ⛄ (@JWL1092) December 16, 2018
Amidst all the schadenfreude, it’s a bit sad to see Mourinho struggle so at United, having witnessed first-hand his greatness at Chelsea 15 years ago — which remains his only appointment to reach a fourth season (albeit very briefly).
Even the Mona Lisa falls apart.
Best of luck wherever you land next, José.