Jose Mourinho ticked off a checklist to get sacked at Man United

Jose Mourinho insisted on living in a hotel, moaned at lack of cash but splashed out £350m, fell out with star players and failed to give his team an identity… he ticked off a checklist to get sacked

  • Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday morning 
  • The United board eventually ran out of patience with the team’s poor form 
  • Defeat by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday saw the club hit a new low this season
  • Mourinho’s relationships with his players had soured by the end of his reign
  • Sportsmail’s Jamie Redknapp, Chris Sutton and Martin Keown give their views 

Managing Manchester United should be the dream job, but Jose Mourinho has never looked like he has enjoyed himself at Old Trafford. 

It is as if he has been following a checklist to get the sack.

Here are four issues which have led to his abrupt pre-Christmas exit:

1. He has never embraced the city in which he was working. While Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has bought a city-centre apartment, Mourinho has spent his entire time in Manchester living at Salford’s Lowry Hotel.

2. He moaned at his board for not giving him enough money to spend in the summer — despite already splashing out more than £350million.

3. He fell out with all his star players and subjected them to relentless public criticism.

4. And he failed to give his team an identity, playing a negative style of football that is at odds with the history and traditions of Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho never fully embraced the city of Manchester by deciding to reside in a hotel

Jose Mourinho never fully embraced the city of Manchester by deciding to reside in a hotel

He fell out with star players like Paul Pogba and subjected them to relentless public criticism

He fell out with star players like Paul Pogba and subjected them to relentless public criticism

It is clear that the players have not been responding to their manager for a long time now. 

They have been outrun by every opponent they have faced in the Premier League since their victory over Swansea in March last season.

With Mourinho, you get the distinct impression that it is down to him if they win but the players’ fault when they lose.

As a player, that is very difficult to take and it creates a toxic atmosphere in the dressing room. Sacking him was inevitable and I am surprised the club did not act sooner.

In the end it appeared players were not responding to his actions and the club made a decision

In the end it appeared players were not responding to his actions and the club made a decision

The squad is not as bad as Mourinho has made out. There is plenty of quality and the players will respond to whoever is put in charge. From here, United’s season can only get better.

Mourinho has an outstanding managerial record which will stand the test of time but he was simply the wrong fit for Manchester United.

Go for Mauricio Pochettino NOW – Chris Sutton

Manchester United should be testing Tottenham and trying to get Mauricio Pochettino now. Appointing a caretaker manager until May would be a clear admission that they view this season as a write-off.

United are still in the Champions League. There is a chance of reaching the top four. The transfer window is about to open and a new manager could be backed with funds straight away. It is staggering that one of the world’s biggest clubs would be prepared to let the season dwindle. They still have to be ambitious.

Manchester United should be switching their attentions to bringing in Mauricio Pochettino

Manchester United should be switching their attentions to bringing in Mauricio Pochettino

The United board have had plenty of time to prepare for life after Jose Mourinho. Alarm bells started ringing in pre-season when he fell out with Paul Pogba and that was not an isolated incident.

It cannot be a happy dressing room. Mourinho has done so much damage to the squad in the way he has berated them all season. The handful of decent results have only papered over the cracks. For a club of this size, the performances have been hopeless.

I wrote in August that Mourinho would be sacked by Christmas if he continued being so antagonistic and it has been a soap opera at United ever since.

There was an inevitability about his demise and by failing to have a permanent successor lined up, the board have hardly covered themselves in glory.

Despite Tottenham's rise under him, Pochettino would find it difficult to turn down United 

Despite Tottenham’s rise under him, Pochettino would find it difficult to turn down United 

Tottenham may have enjoyed their best start to a Premier League season and are set to move to their new stadium but even now, Pochettino would find it difficult to turn down United. This remains one of the top jobs in football.

Are the Old Trafford board concerned that Pochettino would snub them? If he did, it would tell us just how far Manchester United have fallen.

Payoff is best £22m United will spend – Martin Keown

It wouldn’t even matter if Manchester United did not have a manager lined up to replace Jose Mourinho. They simply could not go on with him at the helm.

Nobody was thriving in the atmosphere Mourinho had created. The players were waiting for the axe to fall. It must have felt like a lottery for them with the way Mourinho kept chopping and changing his personnel each week.

After Sunday's defeat at Liverpool, United could not afford to carry on with Mourinho in charge

After Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool, United could not afford to carry on with Mourinho in charge

The players were lacking direction and being outrun by every opponent. Against Liverpool they faced an astonishing 36 shots. For the United board, it looked like the performances were only going to get worse with Mourinho in charge.

Everyone will be expecting the new manager to dip into the transfer market next month, but spending £22.5million to sack Mourinho is the best use of money. It should bring an instant mood change and an improvement in their players.

It is sad to see the demise of such a great manager, but Mourinho seems to have fallen out of love with football. I do not believe this is the end of his career but he needs a lengthy spell out of the game to recharge. 

How many times this season have we seen him peel away in disdain when one of his players missed a chance? Contrast that with Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola who applaud and encourage on the touchline when an attempt does not come off.

You cannot succeed if there is no enjoyment. You need a healthy environment with players who want to come into work every day and a manager who enjoys their improvement.

Mourinho has worn his players down so much, they could look totally different now he's gone

Mourinho has worn his players down so much, they could look totally different now he’s gone

Mourinho had worn his players down to such an extent that now he has gone, it could be like having a whole new squad. Anthony Martial — a player who would be coveted by many clubs in Europe — is yet to sign a new deal but that could change. 

The likes of Paul Pogba, Fred and Antonio Valencia have fallen out of favour but could now come in from the cold.

I will be watching them at Cardiff on Saturday and expect to see a completely different Manchester United. Now Mourinho has gone, the pressure is on the players to deliver.


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