Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho has been at the receiving end of scrutiny and flak following a poor string of poor results at the club. After suffering a humiliating 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool, the club released the statement on Tuesday which revealed that the Portuguese has left the club with immediate effect.

‘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’, the Club’s official statement read.

For weeks, rumours surrounding Mourinho’s future at the club suggested that he would be sacked. It was also revealed by several insiders that he has lost the commitment of the big name players in the team, in particular, Paul Pogba.

Despite spending heavily in the summer on transfers, Manchester United have had a disappointing first half of the season, suffering hammering defeats by rivals Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

The ‘Red Devils’ are currently placed at the sixth position, 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool. In the Champions League, Manchester United will face French Champions Paris Saint-Germain featuring the blistering trio of Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani. PSG are among the best performing teams in Europe and a progression in the Champions League seemed unlikely in the current form.

It will be interesting to see how the affairs will change with the appointment of a new manager. Former Real Madrid club legend coach Zinedineine Zidane has been rumoured to be the frontrunner for the role of the head coach with the English Premier League club.