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Ole Gunnar Solskjær will build up United players, not break them down | Jonas Giæver

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 11:59
Manchester United’s caretaker has been a hit by making Molde over-perform – he has grown since his failed spell at Cardiff

When Ole Gunnar Solskjær starts his spell as Manchester United caretaker manager the players will notice one big difference. The Norwegian, unlike the man he is taking over from, is here to build up the players, not to break them down.

In Norway his tendency to compare his Molde players to Manchester United legends became a little bit of a running joke but here is the thing: it worked. Who would have thought that publicly praising players and telling them how good they are would have a positive impact?

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Mourinho’s place in United pantheon? Simply part of a botched succession | Paul Wilson

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 11:00
He is more medal-strewn than David Moyes and a more entertaining character than Louis van Gaal but José Mourinho’s Manchester United experience amounted to a similar failure

A couple of months ago, around the time his Manchester United side were due to play against Chelsea, José Mourinho was asked whether his present club could ever hold the same place in his affections as his former one.

Diplomatically, he chose to turn the question around, suggesting that he would always be held in special regard by Chelsea supporters for back-to-back league titles, Didier Drogba, John Terry and all the fun that was had in his first period at Stamford Bridge, but it might take a while to produce the same effect at United, who had known successful managers before and given the latest incumbent a lot to live up to.

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From defence to Sánchez, where did Mourinho go wrong? | Jonathan Wilson

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 10:00
David de Gea has been left increasingly exposed, as has José Mourinho’s reliance on Marouane Fellaini as a battering ram

There was a time when the prevailing attitude to José Mourinho was it might not be pretty but he got the job done. At Real Madrid that began to change. Why was he so obsessed by playing his “trivote”, his block of three holding midfielders, even against lesser sides? But still, the problem was at the back of the team: Mourinho sides did not concede goals. This United did: 29 in 17 league games this season, the fifth-worst record in the league. But the situation is even worse than that. David de Gea is widely considered to have surrendered his crown as the Premier League’s best goalkeeper but he has still made more saves than all but three. In other words, that defensive record could easily be even worse.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed Manchester United’s caretaker manager

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 09:21
• Solskjaer scored United’s winner in 1999 European Cup final
• ‘It’s brilliant to be coming back,’ Norwegian says

Ole Gunner Solskjaer has been appointed as Manchester United’s caretaker manager, replacing José Mourinho until the end of the season.

The former United striker will be assisted by Mike Phelan, another of the club’s former players, who previously spent 14 years on the club’s coaching staff, including five as the No 2.

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Where next for José Mourinho as Real Madrid have an itch to scratch?

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 07:30
China has the money but not the prestige while Bayern Munich are another option José Mourinho may sound out

Mourinho still has a big reputation in China even if it is not as esteemed as it once was. However, Mourinho in China would make for thrilling viewing. Guangzhou Evergrande failed to make it eight out of eight league titles this year and Fabio Cannavaro has not been able to convince everyone at the club. Mourinho has the stature to follow Marcello Lippi and Luiz Felipe Scolari at Guangzhou and the club have the money and ambition to be interested. Fans and media would love his combative style, something that has not been seen in Asia before, although few think he would come so far east. John Duerden

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José Mourinho must take the consequences, says Jürgen Klopp

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 22:29
• Klopp has more sympathy for sacked lower league managers
• Liverpool beat Manchester United in Mourinho’s last match

Jürgen Klopp said he has more sympathy for managers sacked at lower league clubs than José Mourinho and his former Manchester United rival had to “take the consequences” for what unfolded at Old Trafford.

The Liverpool manager oversaw a comfortable victory over United on Sunday in what proved to be Mourinho’s final game. He said Mourinho remained an outstanding manager who has “all my respect” for what he has achieved and would not find it difficult to land another top job. For that reason, and perhaps the lucrative pay-off from Old Trafford, Klopp insists he has greater concern for peers sacked at the lower level than a two-times Champions League winner.

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José Mourinho just the latest casualty in Ed Woodward’s failing regime | Daniel Taylor

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 21:08
Manager did not help himself but the man in charge, the owners and the players at Manchester United have to share the blame

If you ever needed to know what a mess Manchester United have made of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps we can start with the tragicomedy that there are still 194 days before the six-year contract handed to David Moyes was supposed to lapse. Moyes lasted nine months and, in the process, seemed to age 10 years.

Louis van Gaal gave Old Trafford two seasons of drift. And now José Mourinho is history, too – with his lip curled, his bank account swelled by a reputed £15m in severance pay and a very public decline in which he demonstrated that the higher a man climbs the more you see of his backside.

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Mourinho and United ended up like a loveless celebrity marriage | Barney Ronay

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 19:01
His style at Manchester United has been defence-heavy and excitement-free but problems exist in all areas of the club

Farewell, then, José. It’s been fun. Or if not exactly fun then fitful, tedious and wreathed in a familiar sense of entropy. Either way José Mourinho’s abrupt departure from Manchester United on Tuesday morning completes a familiar three-year cycle of doomed hope, doomed decline and, by the end, simply doom.

There was at least an inevitability about the end. It has been clear since the summer that Mourinho was preparing for this moment, using his public pronouncements to shift blame, distance himself from the squad of players assembled, and tend to the one element that really matters: his glorious but increasingly distant legacy.

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Transfer news: sacking ends José Mourinho's record 895-day hotel stay

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 16:29

The former Manchester United manager has been living in a £600-a-night hotel since July 2016 – racking up an enormous bill

Name: The Lowry hotel.

Age: Opened in 2001.

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José Mourinho thought he could buy success – now he’s paid the price | Stefan Stern

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 16:24
The ‘special one’ failed to adapt his leadership game. He should learn that expensive star players do not a team make

If it’s broken, fix it. This was the logic followed by the Glazers, the owners of Manchester United football club, when they announced the decision to sack their manager José Mourinho on Tuesday morning. It has been a dismal season so far for the traditionally high-achieving club. Something had to give. And so the cry goes up for a saviour, another perhaps slightly fresher “special one”, who will descend on Old Trafford, Man United’s “theatre of dreams”, to transform the current sow’s ear performances into the silk purses of yesteryear.

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Pochettino refuses to comment on Manchester United speculation

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 15:18

• ‘A lot of rumours happen but it’s not my business’
• Spurs coach offers no guarantees for next season

Mauricio Pochettino insisted that he would not and could not comment on “rumours” linking him to Manchester United at the end of the season, as he declined to offer Tottenham any guarantees he would remain with them next season.

United sacked José Mourinho on Tuesday morning, after a dismal run of results, and they intend to appoint a caretaker manager until the end of the season, when they will make permanent choice to lead them forward. They considered a move for Pochettino in 2016, after the dismissal of Louis van Gaal, only to go, instead, for Mourinho.

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Mauricio Pochettino on José Mourinho's sacking: 'I want to send my best wishes to him. He is a very good friend and this is sad news … A lot of rumours happen, but it's not my business what happens at another club now' pic.twitter.com/2IdA8aaQIi

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Manchester United fans on Mourinho: the 'serial winner' who had to go

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 14:49

Outside Old Trafford, fans reacted with an air of despondency to the inevitability of their manager’s sacking

On a wet and windy day outside Manchester United’s Old Trafford, an air of despondency met the news that José Mourinho had been sacked after the club’s worst start to a season in nearly 30 years. Most fans said they expected him to get the bullet but many expressed surprise at the timing.

“He had to go. I think it was inevitable but not now,” said Neil Crawford, 72, out shopping at the club’s gargantuan megastore with his wife Liz, 77. “They may as well have waited until May as this season is more or less over for United.”

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What next for Manchester United? Sort Pogba mess and show humility

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 14:45

The Old Trafford to-do list before a permanent manager comes must also include appointing a transfers expert

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Manchester United: the José Mourinho years – in pictures

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 14:23

As Manchester United dispense with José Mourinho’s services after two-and-a-half years, we take a look back at the highs and lows of his time in charge

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Manchester United's next manager must get more from Romelu Lukaku

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 14:02

The Belgian striker did not have a single shot against Liverpool on Sunday and still has a lot to prove

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

It’s official. José Mourinho is no longer the manager of Manchester United, with the club giving him the sack after an abject performance at Anfield on Sunday. While Liverpool required two deflected strikes to overcome their rivals at the weekend, Xherdan Shaqiri’s goals were little more than they deserved. A lack of ambition from the visitors has seen Mourinho’s time as United boss end with the club 11 points off the top four and and a whopping 19 back on Liverpool.

It took Jürgen Klopp’s side until the 73rd minute to regain the lead they surrendered after Alisson’s blunder, but the eventual scoreline was a fair reflection of the game. For all of their 36 attempts at goal – the most in a single Premier League game all season – Liverpool didn’t create too many clear-cut opportunities, but United were so passive throughout the match that a result of any kind would have been an injustice.

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Zidane? Pochettino? Who will be Manchester United's new manager?

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 13:29

Zinedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte are possible contenders to be José Mourinho’s long-term successor

The former France international is currently out of work after leaving Real Madrid last summer following the victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final. Remarkably, that was his third triumph in the competition in only two and a half years in charge. Is unlikely to join a club until next summer, which could suit United.

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Mourinho v the media: the road to his Manchester United sacking – video

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 13:09

José Mourinho has been sacked by Manchester United after overseeing the club's worst start to a campaign for 28 years.

The Portuguese coach was often criticised for the team's pragmatic playing style and his treatment of some players, leading to many tense exchanges during his meetings with the press.

Mourinho started his two-year tenure at Old Trafford by winning two trophies – the League Cup and Europa League – but failed to win silverware in his second season before their dreadful start to his third campaign

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Third season syndrome: Mourinho's lows and highs at Manchester United

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 12:00

The Portuguese’s two-and-a-half year spell in charge of Manchester United included trophies and big signings – but saw the club lose ground on its rivals

27 May 2016 Jose Mourinho appointed as Manchester United manager, replacing Louis van Gaal.

7 August 2016 Wins first silverware at United with a 2-1 victory over Premier League champions Leicester in the Community Shield at Wembley, new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores the winner.

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