Manchester United have officially parted ways with the Portuguese manager, Jose Mourinho, as the Premier League club announced this decision on Tuesday (18/12) local time. This decision is actually quite surprising, the article there is not the slightest indication that the Red Devils will fire the former Real Madrid coach. But, a Spanish journalist, Graeme Souness admitted that he was not at all surprised by this dismissal and considered it normal.
Jose Mourinho had previously been rumored to be sacked from the manager’s seat last summer, following the club’s failure to win the 2017/18 season campaign. But, the Portuguese coach is in fact retained by Manchester United this season. The former Chelsea coach was often criticized, following a series of bad results that were swallowed by the Red Devils at the start of this season.
In total of 17 Premier League matches that have taken place, Manchester United have lost five of them, and are now 19 points adrift of Liverpool in the standings. The peak of the MU crisis period is when they travel to Anfield to face Liverpool last weekend. In the match, the Red Devils were surprisingly subdued with a landslide score of 1-3 from the Rival club. Just two days after the defeat, Manchester United took a decisive step by firing Mourinho from the manager’s seat.
Actually, this dismissal is quite surprising considering that Jose Mourinho has always received full support from supporters. But for Graeme Souness, the dismissal was not surprising and very natural.
“I’m not too surprised. The signal of his dismissal had been seen for several weeks. I think something will happen last week, which is none other than that his career at United is nearing the end. His agent [Jorge Mendes] stated that Mourinho was happy at the club and would spend his contract. That was the classic case of warning shots at the directors at United. You feel it, you don’t have the same communication. I feel Mourinho will know this dismissal will come, but I’m not surprised,” Souness said on Sky Sports.
During handling Manchester United, Jose Mourinho managed to package no fewer than 3 titles, including the League Cup title, FA Community Shield and Europe League.