Mourinho sacked: Jose the best Manchester United manager since Ferguson - Gerrard

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Manchester United confirmed on Tuesday morning that Jose Mourinho had been sacked by the club following a miserable start to the 2018/19 season.

That left United in sixth place, eight points adrift of the top five, 11 behind the top four and 19 below leaders Liverpool.

Tottenham manager Pochettino and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane are among the names being linked with the Old Trafford hotseat.

Jose Mourinho has spoken for the first time since being sacked as Manchester United manager, telling Sky Sports News he still has a "future" in football.

Speaking to Manchester United's own TV station in early August, Mourinho said: "If we don't make our team better it will be a hard season" adding "My CEO [executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward] knows what I want". "It's finished." he added.

He said: "Why should I be sharing more now, even with the supporters, any of my feelings?" That's not me. I just want to finish like it happened yesterday and I'd like to say it's game over. They [clubs] contact us to try to win and when you don't win I know what happens.

"You know me, if you want to walk with me then let's walk to Battersea".

Manchester United got off to a disastrous start this season, now languishing at the sixth spot with 26 points, eight behind Unai Emery's Arsenal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as United's interim manager until the end of the season, while Mike Phelan has also been brought in to assist the Norwegian.

His abrasive style with the media and ongoing problems with his players - Paul Pogba in particular - led to some calling for Mourinho to be dismissed, something the club put into action following Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

Solskjaer, who is now manager of Molde and has previously managed in the Premier League with Cardiff City, spent 11 years as a player at Old Trafford, scoring 91 goals in 235 games under Sir Alex Ferguson. "Each time a chapter is closed I show my deepest regrets and don't make any comments about my former colleagues", Mourinho said.

Tracked down in London, the 55-year-old said he will now go about living his "normal life" until finding another job in the game.

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