The position of Jose Mourinho as the Manchester United boss had been under severe scrutiny throughout the course of the first half of the season. United’s loss to Liverpool, however, became the final match for the Portuguese as a manager. Fans took to social media to urge the club’s management to sack Jose Mourinho following United’s defeat at Anfield.
Final word on Jose. He was brought here to deliver titles. In three seasons he never got close. And he leaves us further away from one than anyone has since Sir Alex left.
— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) December 19, 2018
The Red Devils posted a tweet announcing that a caretaker manager has been named in the form of a former club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Solskjaer will manage the club for the rest of the season. Solskjaer will be accompanied by Mike Phelan as the first-team coach with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna resuming their duties.
Thank you for the memories and wisdom ?? pic.twitter.com/aKRqTRFs8h
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) December 19, 2018
Jesse Lingard posted on his Instagram ‘thanking the boss’ along with Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot and Angel Gomes, all posted on social media showing gratitude for the former United manager Jose Mourinho. Lingard was a regular under the Portuguese coach and also scored some crucial goals for thee club during his tenure.
Whatever they may say, I will always be thankful to the person who gave me the chance to make my debut at Old Trafford. Thank you for what you have taught me. Good luck, coach. pic.twitter.com/Xj2IZJuYxu
— Eric Bailly (@ericbailly24) December 19, 2018
Eric Bailly, who was signed from Villareal in 2016 did well in his first season at the club and won the fans’ support but failed to impress Jose Mourinho in the latter seasons and as a result was dropped to the bench in some games.
It’s always tough for everyone involved with the club when something like this happens. However I’d like to say, that I will always be grateful to José Mourinho for this wonderful opportunity and bringing me to @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/hxrlksz8uD
— Diogo Dalot (@DalotDiogo) December 19, 2018
Diogo Dalot, signed by Manchester United this summer transfer window also thanked Jose Mourinho. Dalot made his full debut under him against Arsenal in the Premier League. Surprisingly only four players from the entire club did let their emotions be known to the public.
Since Mourinho’s departure, reports have claimed that Paul Pogba was in celebration mood and high-fived his team-mates in the dressing room on learning the news about the sack of Jose Mourinho ; seems as though Christmas came early for some players. Pogba has not been a regular starting player under Jose Mourinho this season and was also benched in the match against Liverpool. There is also a rumour about Pogba shouting ‘He f**ked with the wrong baller’; letting everybody know his euphoria on the depart of the club and the manager.
Paul Pogba apparently celebrated Jose Mourinho's sacking at the #MUFC training ground by shouting…
?️ "He f***ed with the wrong baller!"https://t.co/HRtnWL0teN
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 20, 2018
The report continues by saying that after sacking of Jose Mourinho, Michael Carrick, who had been taking training ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival at the club as caretaker boss, told Pogba to stop his celebrations and insisted to the players that no player will be bigger than the club. A noteworthy fact is that the appointment of Solskjaer is temporary.
Ed Woodward, along with the other United chiefs will be out scouting for a permanent replacement expected to be announced at the end of the season.