Jose Mourinho sacked by Manchester United: Angry rants, Paul Pogba tiff and Europa League title, timeline of his three seasons in charge
After Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United, here’s a timeline of his stay at Old Trafford:
Just 10 days ago, Jose Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes was telling the world that his client was ‘very happy and committed’ to Manchester United.
On Tuesday, he will probably be out looking for jobs for the Portuguese coach, who ended his stint at the Premier League club after a topsy-turvy season.
It was a stint perhaps best classified by Mourinho's tussle with star man Paul Pogba. Or his mad dash after Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni on the touchline. Or his frequent jousting with the press. Or him angrily kicking the wall during the 2-2 draw with Arsenal.
Here’s a timeline of his stay at the club:
27 May, 2016: Replaces Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager
7 August, 2016: Manchester United clinch the Community Shield at Wembley after beating Premier League champions Leicester 2-1. This was United’s first silverware under him
23 October, 2016: Mourinho’s former side Chelsea scorch United 4-0 in the manager’s return to Stamford Bridge after getting sacked the previous season. This defeat comes just a month after United lost in the Manchester Derby to Pep Guardiola, Mourinho’s nemesis
29 October, 2016: Is sent off to the stands for protesting a decision in 0-0 home draw against Burnley. Spends second-half handing scribbled instructions on notes to his assistant.
— AS English (@English_AS) October 29, 2016
27 November, 2016: Gets sent off to the stands again! This time, it is for angrily kicking away a bottle after Paul Pogba was shown yellow in match against West Ham United.
Jose Mourinho sent to the stands... AGAIN pic.twitter.com/bJNncQAa3P
— NairaBET (@NairaBET) November 27, 2016
26 February, 2017: Mourinho makes history by becoming the first United manager to win silverware in his debut season at the club, thanks to their win in the League Cup.
May 2017: United end their first season under Mourinho 24 points and five positions behind champions Chelsea.
24 May, 2017: United nab Europa League title after beating Ajax.
20 December, 2017: Defending champions United crash out of the League Cup with a 1-2 defeat in the quarter-finals to Championship side Bristol City.
13 March, 2018: Mourinho’s United crash out of the Champions League in the Last-16 stage at the hands of Sevilla. In the aftermath of the defeat, Mourinho angers United fans by his press conference where he reminds journalists how his previous sides like Porto had knocked out United from Champions League in the past.
Manchester United fans are not happy with Jose Mourinho's post match comments after sevilla defeat!
— EPL World (@worldofepl) March 14, 2018
12 May, 2018: Mourinho’s loyal aide since 2002, Rui Faria, announces that he will quit as Mourinho’s assistant at the end of the season.
19 May, 2018: United suffer heartbreak in the FA Cup final. Agonisingly the defeat comes against Mourinho’s former side, Chelsea.
27 August, 2018: United lose to Brighton in the second match of the season. Their misery is compounded after the club slumps to a 0-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. In the press conference after the match, he walks out after chanting ‘respect, respect’
👀 In case you missed it last night...
— Sporting Life Football (@SportingLifeFC) August 28, 2018
26 September, 2018: Appears to get involved in a confrontation with star midfielder Paul Pogba during training.
The full extended version of José Mourinho and Paul Pogba today in training [via @MUnitedFrance]
— RedMancunian (@RedMancunian) September 26, 2018
20 October, 2018: Mourinho chases after Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni after the latter’s exuberant reaction to Ross Barkley’s equaliser against United at Stamford Bridge. Maurizio Sarri’s second assistant coach sparked a touchline fracas after he celebrated Chelsea’s goal in front of Mourinho.
💥 Scenes at Stamford Bridge! 💥
Jose Mourinho says he has accepted an apology from @ChelseaFC
assistant coach Marco Ianni, who sparked chaos in the dugout following Ross Barkley's last-minute equaliser! 😳
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 20, 2018
28 November, 2018: Mourinho smashes a crate of bottles at Old Trafford to celebrate Marouane Fellaini’s injury-time winner against Young Boys in a UEFA Champions League fixture.
Jose Mourinho's reaction to Fellaini's goal 😂pic.twitter.com/GiStI4cvgs
— Troll Sports (@TroIISports) November 27, 2018
16 December, 2018: United follow their loss to Valencia with a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
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