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Jose Mourinho leaves Manchester United

It’s over. He’s gone.

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Jose Mourinho has left his post as manager of Manchester United, the club have announced today. They haven’t announced anything else, so we’re going to have to speculate, but there we are. United are now looking for their fourth Alex Ferguson replacement.

Here’s the entirety of the club’s statement:

Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect. The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future. A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.

Certainly reads like a sacking, doesn’t it? Albeit one that you’d imagine Mourinho welcomes, at some level — he hasn’t looked happy for a while. It looks like Michael Carrick will be taking training for the moment, though opinions differ as to whether he’ll be in charge for the rest of the season.

No idea who that “external caretaker” could be, frankly. Laurent Blanc? Alex Ferguson? ARSENE WENGER?!

Anyway, good morning.