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5 reasons why Jose Mourinho failed at Manchester United

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The sacked one
The sacked one

After the calamitous season Manchester United have had so far, Jose Mourinho has been relieved off his duties by the club.

The news has been a long time coming, as poor results on the field coupled with numerous off-field clashes with players, media and opposition fans and coaches had become one too many, with the 3-1 loss to arch enemies Liverpool being the proverbial straw that broke the Camel's back.

Manchester United have been utterly disappointing this season and that is putting it mildly which is a shame considering how much investment has been made into the playing personnel at the club.

Jose Mourinho arrived Old Trafford in 2016 amidst much fanfare as it was believed that he would be the man to lift the club to its previous heights having fallen massively since Fergie departed the club.

He started well enough, delivering two trophies in his first season which was seen as progress despite the club finishing a distant sixth position in the league and it was believed that the next season would be better.

Heading into his second year in charge, much was made of Mourinho's second season factor, which emphasized the fact that hr has always won the league title in his second season in charge right from Porto through to both stints with Chelsea.

However, Man Utd turned out to be the exception, as The Red Devils finished second in the league (albeit some 19 points off Manchester City) while crashing out on embarrassing circumstances to Sevilla in the UCL round of 16 at Old Trafford.

Mourinho reached loggerheads with the United board over their failure to back him in the market and the announcement by the club signalling the end of his spell at the helm of United has been a long time coming.

In this piece, we take a look at why The Special One has now become The Sacked One.

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#5 His negative tactics

Manchester United is a club steeped in tradition and history. They are the most successful club in English footballing history and all their success has been achieved by playing an attractive style of football which peaked under the glory years of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Manchester United fans have given us some of the most gifted attacking players ever to grace the game including George Best, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Bobby Charlton, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham but to name a few and this illustrious history of free flowing football is one Red Devil fans around the world are immensely proud of, with the club expected not only to won but to win very convincingly.

Jose Mourinho on the other hand has achieved immense success mostly through being a pragmatic coach, prioritizing the need to win at all costs over the need to be aesthetic, with his defensively stable Premier League winning Chelsea team (which won the 2005 EPL title with just 15 goals scored) as well as his treble winning Inter side of 2010 being the best examples of his model.

When United hired Jose, they knew what they were getting but his arrival was one which was seen as a necessary evil, as they had fallen too far behind their rivals and needed instant success no matter the cost.

In hindsight, the appointment has proven to be nothing short of a disaster. Mourinho has not had the success in terms of trophies which was expected, while the football on display has been nothing short of boring.

United fans have watched on in horror as a club brimming with some of the brightest attacking talents in the world struggled to impose themselves on matches and it was disheartening to watch as a club once renowned for brilliant attacking football began to put out snooze fests on a weekly basis.

Jose Mourinho is undoubtedly one of the most successful managers of all time and this success has been built on a pragmatic style, but with success deserting him at United, his boring brand of football meant it was only a matter of time before he got axed.

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