The Portuguese becomes the third manager to be sacked by Manchester United in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era
Jose Mourinho has followed David Moyes and Louis van Gaal in failing to become Manchester United’s long-term successor for Sir Alex Ferguson.
The club announced the Portuguese has lost his job after two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford.
Mourinho oversaw the club’s worst start to a Premier League season since 1990, leaving United sixth in the table and 19 points adrift of league-leaders Liverpool.
The Red Devils will now begin their fourth hunt for a permanent boss since 2013 when Sir Alex retired.
So how does Mourinho’s record stack up against Moyes and van Gaal?
Mourinho lasted longer than his two predecessors – Moyes was shown the door after just seven months and van Gaal was not given a third season.
And the ‘Special One’ does boast a slightly better record than the other two:
David Moyes (2013-2014)
Win percentage: 52.94%
Trophies: Community Shield (2013)
Louis van Gaal (2014-2016)
Win percentage: 52.43%
Trophies: FA Cup (2016)
Jose Mourinho (2016-2018)
Win percentage: 58.33%
Trophies: Community Shield (2016), EFL Cup (2017), Europa League (2017)
Mourinho’s win percentage is surprisingly close to Sir Alex’s 59.67%, but stats do not capture style, and United have failed to excite for the last five years.
This was summed up by their dismal 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, which proved to be Mourinho’s final game in charge.