Football: Jose Mourinho's highs and lows at Manchester United

Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho following Sunday's (Dec 16) defeat at Liverpool, ending a tenure that began in May 2016.
Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho following Sunday's (Dec 16) defeat at Liverpool, ending a tenure that began in May 2016.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Manchester United's Phil Jones and former manager Jose Mourinho look dejected after Derby County win the penalty shootout during the third round of the Carabao Cup on Sept 25, 2018.
Manchester United's Phil Jones and former manager Jose Mourinho look dejected after Derby County win the penalty shootout during the third round of the Carabao Cup on Sept 25, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS
Manchester United's former manager Jose Mourinho (left) and Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp shake hands after the English Premier League football match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield in Liverpool, on Dec 16, 2018.
Manchester United's former manager Jose Mourinho (left) and Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp shake hands after the English Premier League football match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield in Liverpool, on Dec 16, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Manchester United's former manager Jose Mourinho during a training session at the Aon Training Complex in Manchester, on Dec 11, 2018.
Manchester United's former manager Jose Mourinho during a training session at the Aon Training Complex in Manchester, on Dec 11, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS/ACTION IMAGES
Manchester United's former manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford in Manchester, on Dec 8, 2018.
Manchester United's former manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford in Manchester, on Dec 8, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

MANCHESTER - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect following a dismal start to the season, the Premier League side announced on Tuesday (Dec 18).

United have made their worst start to a league season in 28 years and were beaten 3-1 by arch-rivals Liverpoool on Sunday in what was Mourinho's final match in charge of the club.

Here's a summary of his two-and-a-half year spell at Old Trafford.

May 27, 2016: Appointed as Manchester United manager, replacing Louis van Gaal.

Aug 7, 2016: Wins first silverware at United with a 2-1 victory over Premier League champions Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley, with new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winner.

Sept 11, 2016: Defeat by old foe Pep Guardiola in the pair's first derby clash in England as Manchester City win 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Oct 23, 2016: A 4-0 thrashing at the hands of former club Chelsea on his return to Stamford Bridge.

Oct 29, 2016: Sent to the stands at half-time for protesting against a decision against his side in a 0-0 home draw against Burnley.

Feb 26, 2017: Ibrahimovic scores twice as the Red Devils beat Southampton 3-2 to lift the League Cup - Mourinho becomes the first United manager to win silverware in his debut season at the club.

 
 
 

May 21, 2017: Ends Premier League season with home win against Crystal Palace as United finish sixth, 24 points behind champions Chelsea.

May 24, 2017: Guides United to the Europa League title with a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm.

Aug 8, 2017: 2-1 defeat by former club Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup, new signing Romelu Lukaku scores the consolation goal.

Oct 21, 2017: A 13-match unbeaten run across all competitions to start the season ends with a 2-1 loss at newly-promoted Huddersfield.

Dec 20, 2017: A 2-1 quarter-final defeat at Championship side Bristol City ends United's hopes of retaining the League Cup.

Jan 26, 2018: Signs a new contract to remain as United boss until 2020, with the option of a further year.

March 13, 2018: Sevilla knock United out of the Champions League at the round-of-16 stage, winning 2-1 at Old Trafford after a goalless first leg in Spain.

April 7, 2018: Paul Pogba scores twice and Chris Smalling gets the winner as United come from two goals behind to win 3-2 at Manchester City and prevent Guardiola's side securing the Premier League title in the derby.

May 12, 2018: Rui Faria announces he will quit as Mourinho's assistant at the end of the season, the pair having worked together at various clubs since 2002.

May 19, 2018: FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea as Eden Hazard's penalty secures a 1-0 win for the Blues.

Aug 27, 2018: Defeat at Brighton in the second game of the season is followed up by a 3-0 loss at home to Tottenham - the worst home defeat of Mourinho's career.

Sept 29, 2018: A five-match unbeaten run in all competitions was abruptly ended with a 3-1 defeat by West Ham at the London Stadium.

Nov 11, 2018: Three straight wins, including an incredible 2-1 comeback victory at Juventus, looked to put Mourinho's side back in form but they fell to a 3-1 derby defeat at Manchester City to pile the pressure back on the Portugese manager.

Dec 16, 2018: A last-gasp 1-0 win at home to Young Boys saw United qualify for the Champions League knockout stages and gave Mourinho a stay of execution, but a final matchday loss at Valencia was followed by a heavy 3-1 reverse to Liverpool at Anfield cranked up the pressure.

Dec 18, 2018: Just two days after their first defeat in nine league matches against their north-west rivals, Manchester United announced the Portuguese was sacked by the club on Tuesday morning.