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José Mourinho has been sacked as Manchester United manager following Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool, ending a tenure that began in May 2016. United finally lost patience with a head coach who was not adhering to the club’s core attacking values and who had overseen their worst start to a campaign for 28 years.
The club took into account Mourinho’s transfer spend of around £400m on 11 players who, it is understood, the club insist were all the Portuguese’s choice. In addition to the disquiet regarding the side’s stultifying style, there was further disappointment at Mourinho’s development and improvement of United’s younger players. The club also considered the growing unhappiness from fans at the direction of the club under him. It is understood the compensation due to Mourinho will be no more than £15m.