Manchester United: 3 reasons why Jose Mourinho lost his job
The third season syndrome is real. Jose Mourinho tried to dispel the notion when asked about it at the beginning of the season, pointing out facts and figures, & literally calling the question 'stupid'. However, the curse of the third season has caught up with Jose Mourinho.
Real Madrid, Chelsea, and now at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho was unable to see out a third season at any of these clubs. It has been coming. Even the most die hard of Manchester United fans will confess that they saw a sack in his future. At the back of the dismal humbling at Anfield, it was a matter of when it would be announced
From pre-season to the start of the season, and now very close to Christmas. The former United boss has been living on the edge all this while. He has been in the top three bookmakers favourites to get sacked all season.
His agent, Jorge Mendes, issued a statement concerning Mourinho's future on December 7 2018, saying;
"There have been more rumours of Jose Mourinho leaving Manchester United. It’s totally untrue. Jose is very happy at the club and the club is very happy with him. He has a long-term contract with Manchester United and is fully committed to the club in building a solid winning project."
In the end, Jose Mourinho did not choose to leave Manchester United. The club chose to cut their losses and let the controversy loving Portuguese boss go.
Here's a look at 3 reasons why Jose Mourinho lost his job at Manchester United.
#1 Results were going against him
Mourinho's termination is yet another proof that football is a results business. No matter the manager's profile, if the results go against him, he is fighting a losing battle. Carlo Ancelloti's ill fated spell at Bayern Munich is another testament to the fact.
This season the results of the Manchester based club has been horrendous. 5 defeats in the Premier league to West Ham, Tottenham, Brighton, Manchester City, and Liverpool has left the team just 2 defeats shy of their total number of losses last season (7).
The draws against Southampton, Crystal palace, Wolves, Chelsea, and Arsenal have not also helped Mourinho's cause. The elimination at the hands of Frank Lampard's Derby County means that they were out of the Carabao Cup before it even became serious.
United progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League, but poor performances against Young Boys at home, Valencia home & away, and Juventus at home, meant that their Champions League progression was overlooked in the grand scheme of things.
Ultimately, 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool, and 11 points behind the top four became too much to bear for the decision makers at Old Trafford.