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Jose Mourinho at Manchester United – a timeline

By December 18, 2018No Comments

Mamchester United have announced that manager Jose Mourinho has ended his two-and-a-half year spell at the club.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at a timeline of the ups and downs of 55-year-old’s tenure at Old Trafford.

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

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

September 11, 2016 – Defeat to old foe Pep Guardiola in the pair’s first derby clash in England as Manchester City win 2-1 at Old Trafford.

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

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

February 26, 2017 – Ibrahimovic scores twice as the Red Devils beat Southampton 3-2 to lift the EFL 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 with a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm.

August 8, 2017 – 2-1 defeat to former club Real Madrid in the Super Cup, new signing Romelu Lukaku scores the consolation.

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

December 20, 2017 – A 2-1 quarter-final defeat at Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City ends United’s hopes of retaining the Carabao Cup.

January 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 against Chelsea as Eden Hazard’s penalty secures a 1-0 win for the Blues.

August 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.

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

November 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.

December 16, 2018 – A last-gasp 1-0 win at home to Young Boys saw United qualify for the Champions League knockout stages 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.

December 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.