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HERE’S THE IN­SIDE STORY OF JOSE MOUR­INHO’S MANCH­ESTER UNITED SACK­ING AND WHY IT WAS IN­EVITABLE FROM THE VERY START

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - SPORT - By Miguel De­laney

It was the pa­thetic dis­play against Liver­pool that ul­ti­mately per­suaded Manch­ester United to get rid of Jose Mour­inho, with the club hi­er­ar­chy first con­cretely dis­cussing the de­ci­sion at the start of last week, but the main sur­prise is that they were so proac­tive.

That 3-1 de­feat on Sun­day, Dec.16 was only a rep­e­ti­tion of so much that had been seen over the at­tri­tional and te­dious two and a half years the Por­tuguese was in the job, but more pro­nounced, and a dis­til­la­tion of all the prob­lems — most of all how they played such small-team foot­ball against a lesser-re­sourced club that had streaked so far ahead.

United had been left be­hind, but the feel­ing even as late as Mon­day night was they would not take the step re­quired; that the sit­u­a­tion would per­sist un­til Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion was math­e­mat­i­cally im­pos­si­ble.

Some, how­ever, be­gan to note how he con­spic­u­ously didn’t ap­pear at a Youth Cup game against Chelsea that evening, when so many se­nior club fig­ures were there. He was not seen any­where at United. The club had enough.

Many were fed up of so many neg­a­tives, and he had few sup­port­ers. The re­al­ity, how­ever, is that those neg­a­tives were the in­evitable out­come when they ap­pointed Mour­inho.

No one can say they weren’t warned. Mour­inho’s reign has been a mas­sive waste of ev­ery­one’s time,

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