Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho

VALENCIA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 11: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United speaks to the media during the Manchester United Press Conference at Estadio Mestalla on December 11, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Manchester United have parted company with manager Jose Mourinho after two-and-a-half years in charge at Old Trafford.

Manchester United slipped 19 points behind the Liverpool on Sunday and a poor start to the Premier League season has left them in 6th place.

The club issued a statement on Tuesday morning which read: “Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.

“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future. A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”

Mourinho won the Europa League and League Cup double in 2017, reached the FA Cup final and finished runners-up the Premier League behind City last season.

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has been touted as his possible replacement at United.