The termination of Jose Mourinho’s contract with Manchester United on Thursday no doubt came as a result of last Sunday’s shocking 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
The announcement put an inglorious end to a tumultuous stint that began in May 2016 and was characterised by Mourinho’s failure to adhering to the club’s core attacking values.
According to reports monitored on The Guardian, Mourinho was also relieved of his duties due to a transfer spending of about £400m on 11 players that, the club insist were all his choice.
In addition to the concern regarding the side’s boring style, there was a further disappointment at Mourinho’s development and improvement of United’s younger players who were not making progress under his negative football style of play.
At various times he was at loggerheads with his £75m purchase, Romelu Lukaku, French midfielder, Paul Pogba, (£89m) and Sanchez £35m as well as notable stars like Martial and Juan Mata.
The club also took into account the growing unhappiness from fans and sat the direction of the club under Mourinho.
A poor start to the Premier League season, the worst in 28 years, has seen United slip 19 points behind table topers, Liverpool, and fall off the pace in the hunt for a top-four place.
With only one win in six league matches, recording two embarrassing draws with struggling Southampton and Crystal Palace, the club have no option than to wield the big axe.
In two full seasons at Old Trafford, Mourinho won the Europa League and League Cup (2016-17) before finishing second in the Premier League last season and reaching the FA Cup final. In that period since replacing Louis van Gaal, United’s spending stands at £364.3m on eight buys.