Why Ed Woodward Was Left With No Choice But To Sack Jose Mourinho

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Less than 48 hours after their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, Manchester United took the stunning decision to part ways with Jose Mourinho, and start afresh once again.

Things had severely deteriorated under the Portuguese tactician at Old Trafford, with persistent internal issues and bust-ups only being overshadowed by the downright dismal displays on the pitch.

Now, a stunning update with regards to the manager’s sacking has been brought to light by the Mirror.

As per the English outlet’s exclusive report, several members of the Manchester United squad threatened a mutiny if Jose Mourinho remained at the helm come January.


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As many as four players threatened the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that they would hand in transfer requests in the winter window if Jose still occupied his position post 2018.

In order to save the squad from completely breaking down, Woodward decided to act out of concern, and let go of Mourinho instead of losing out on several key players.


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The report also adds: “Some serious cliques had developed in the dressing room. A large number of players lost faith in the tactics and training methods of Mourinho, who began to run out of allies.

“Some senior stars were incensed by his treatment of Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, and Eric Bailly, while £52 million summer signing Fred was left out in the cold.”

The internal conditions at Manchester United appeared to be at their very worst, which indicates that Mourinho’s sacking may perhaps have arrived at the best possible time.

Now, it remains to be seen whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can rebuild the squad morale, and get the superstars playing like a single cohesive unit once again.