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Manchester United, in middle of worst season in 28 years, calls time on manager Mourinho

Rebuilding comes hard for the most successful team of the Premier League era

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By Joshua Robinson


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Jose Mourinho, manager of Manchester United, looks on during Sunday’s Premier League match against Liverpool.

LONDON — Manchester United parted ways with manager Jose Mourinho on Tuesday morning, bringing to an end to one of the unhappiest arrangement in the English Premier League, the club announced.

United /zigman2/quotes/205140601/composite MANU -0.86%  , the most successful team of the Premier League era, is in the midst of its worst season in 28 years. Mourinho’s final contribution to the club was to oversee United’s dismal display in a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.

United didn’t immediately name a successor, but in a statement the club said they would appoint a caretaker manager until the end of the season.

Mourinho was hired in 2016 with a mission to restore United to the top of English soccer following the retirement of legendary manager Alex Ferguson in 2013. Two others — the Scotsman David Moyes and Louis van Gaal of the Netherlands — had tried before him, but neither managed to capture the essence of what made Ferguson’s teams so potent.

Instead, a series of debacles in the transfer market and tactical indecision left United a shadow of its former self. Where there had once been free-flowing attacking soccer, fans at Old Trafford were left watching dull, defensively-minded sides that were nowhere near challenging for the league title.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com .

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