Jose Mourinho leaves United-But For What Reason?

Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho 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.

Darren Fletcher is worried that Manchester United may be “writing off” multiple years by appointing an interim manager.  The former Man Utd midfielder doesn’t believe a new manager appointed in the summer will have the time to build a team properly, and that handing the job out to a caretaker does nothing but slow progress.  “Manchester United should never be in this position,” Fletcher told BBC Radio 5 live.

“They’re almost writing off this season and next season because if they appoint a new manager in the summer he’s not going to have much time to look for new players.” Former Manchester United forward Daniel Nardiello was on Love Sport Radioto discuss the Jose Mourinho sacking and gave his thoughts on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a former team-mate as well.

Here’s what he had to say on Mourinho and United’s struggles this season: “It’s been terrible. I don’t think any football fan has actually enjoyed watching what’s happened to United this season, let alone United fans. It’s been painful to watch at times. “One of [Pogba or Mourinho] had to go but in all honesty probably both of them had to go. No one person is bigger than the club and even the Instagram post that got sent out today from Paul Pogba just shows there is no common sense, no brain being used and no good advice being sent to him.

“It’s a bit of a shambles and it’s not a way any player should be behaving at a club. It’s really disappointing and I know a lot of Man United fans weren’t happy with both Mourinho and Pogba. It beggars belief what has gone on this season.”

And on Solskjaer: “I think OGS knows the club inside out because he was there for many years. He’s an unbelievable character and such a nice guy that he could steady the ship almost. Laurent Blanc obviously has a wealth of knowledge and played for some of the top teams in Europe.

“I don’t know if either would be the long-term view but in the short-term until the end of the season. Then for me it’s got to be a young, up-and-coming manager who plays football with an attacking philosophy and he’s got to be given time.”

Former Manchester United star  Sammy McIlroy has said that presumed caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could earn a permanent deal if he produces the right results.  Solskjaer is believed to be closing in on a deal to replace Jose Mourinho, who was sacked on Tuesday.  Though Solskjaer isn’t expected to be in the running for the full-time job, McIlroy believes that all could change.

“If this person comes in and does well by taking the club to the end of the season with some fantastic results, maybe with an FA Cup final, win that or get them to the latter stages of the Champions League, you never know what could happen at the end of the season,” McIlroy told Love Sport Radio.

After Jose Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday, Goal’s Kris Voakes argues that he shouldn’t be the only big name to leave Manchester United. Executive vice-chair Ed Woodward has presided over a difficult period for the Red Devils, and must be held accountable for his role in the club’s failures as well.