Jose Mourinho’s two-and-a-half-year reign at Old Trafford came to end after a 3-1 defeat away to Manchester United’s arch-rival Liverpool. The manager was sacked by the board two days after the defeat with the appointment of former United striker and legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the caretaker manager for the rest of the season.
Jose Mourinho’s achievements at Manchester United include reaching the finals of FA Cup 2017-18, winning the Community Shield 2016, English Football League Cup 2016-17 and UEFA Europa League 2016-17.
Mourinho was heavily criticized for his defensive style of play at United which didn’t fall in line with the club philosophy, yet there were moments of enjoyment, glory, and passion that will always be cherished by the fans, the players and the special one himself. Let’s have a look at the top ten matches of Manchester United with Jose Mourinho in charge over the last two and a half years.
#10 English Football League Cup 4th Round, 2016-17
Score: 1 – 0
After defeats to Manchester City and Watford in September and a 4-0 thrashing of the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, pressure mounted on Mourinho to produce results and win the confidence of the fans again.
Jose Mourinho delivered by defeating the noisy neighbors and his own rival Pep Guardiola in the EFL Cup 4th Round tie at Old Trafford with Mata scoring the only goal in the match, beating Caballero in the goal. Mourinho apologized to the fans after the match while going into the tunnel for the 4-0 defeat by Chelsea 3 days ago.
#9 Juventus vs Manchester United: November 7, 2018
Champions League, 2018-19
Score: 1 – 2
Ronaldo 65’, Mata 86’, Bonucci 90’ (OG)
After a mixed start to the 2018-19 season, Manchester United found themselves in a very difficult situation while qualifying for the Champions League knock-out stages. With only 4 points out of possible 9 in the first three group matches against Young Boys, Valencia, and Juventus, United faced fierce competition from Valencia for 2nd position in the group.
United went to Turin to face one of the Champions League’s favorites who had recently signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. In a match dominated by Juventus where Ronaldo scored a stunning volley to put Juventus 1-0 up, Mata scored a sensational free kick late in the 2nd half to equalize. Ashley Young’s free-kick found its way into the net due to Bonucci’s deflection and United turned the tie around by scoring 2 goals in the last 5 minutes.
This match put United in a strong position to qualify for the knock-out stages and would be remembered for Mourinho’s celebration where he cupped his ear towards the home fans responding to their chants against him.