‘The split seemed inevitable’: Reactions and Mourinho’s low points

Here is a sample of the reactions to the sacking of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who was dismissed by the Premier League club on Tuesday.

Former United captain Gary Neville

"I've been fortunate to spend time at Tottenham's training ground, and for me he [Mauricio Pochettino] feels like the ideal candidate. United have tried managers who have won European cups, they've tried managers who have won multiple leagues.

Symptomatic relationship: Paul Pogba with Jose Mourinho. The French star’s relationship with the manager had deteriorated alarmingly.Credit:AP

"My view is they need someone who meets the three key principles of the football club, and that is promotion of youth, entertaining football, and to win football matches."

Attention: Mourinho gestures on the touchline.Credit:PA

Former England international Gary Lineker

"With United 19 points behind Liverpool after 17 games, with the vast majority of players playing way below their best… and dour football to boot.

"Given Mourinho was allowed to spend hundreds of millions on those players, the split seemed inevitable."

Former Liverpool boss Graeme Souness

"I think he [Mourinho] would have known this was coming. I'm not surprised… with the money he has spent and how the players are playing at this present moment in time…

"I said on Sunday, I couldn't see any light at the end of the tunnel for them.

"I was at Bournemouth two weeks ago. I'm a season ticket holder there. My season ticket is 10 rows behind the dugout and I saw a man who didn't want to be there."

Former United forward Brian McClair

"He not the only one who should depart."

Former England striker Michael Owen

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp

"If you were looking to go to a club and do everything wrong and get the sack, you would do what he's done.

"He stayed in a hotel… as a manager you shouldn't be going to a hotel every day because it sends the wrong message.

"The style of play wasn't right, United fans want to see their team play with flair. Falling out with the players and the board. It's been inevitable since the Brighton game, everything was wrong.

Former United defender Patrice Evra

Timeline of the significant low points

19 May: United lose FA Cup final 1-0 to Chelsea, ending the season without a trophy for first time in three years.

19 August: Suffer a 3-2 defeat in second game of new Premier League season to Brighton & Hove Albion.

No contest: Manchester City supporters hold up pictures of Mourinho and City coach Pep Guardiola.Credit:AP

27 August: Mourinho sees his side lose 3-0 to Tottenham at Old Trafford, the biggest home defeat of his career. Complains about 'respect' to media after the game.

22 September: Midfielder Paul Pogba says United should attack more at home after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Wolves. Mourinho strips Frenchman of vice-captaincy in growing rift.

25 September: United dumped out of the League Cup at home by second-tier Derby County on penalties.

29 September: 3-1 defeat in the league by West Ham United means United suffer their worst start to a new season in 29 years.

8 October: Investigated by FA after allegedly swearing in Portuguese to camera after 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle United.

11 November: Comprehensively outplayed and beaten 3-1 by champions Manchester City away.

16 December: Another 3-1 defeat, this time by fierce rivals Liverpool, leaves United 19 points behind their league-leading opposition.

18 December: Mourinho sacked with the club sixth in the Premier League.


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