Mourinho was shocked by United’s decision to fire him

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The dismissal from Manchester United head coach post became a big surprise for Jose Mourinho, who, going to the fateful meeting with executive director Ed Woodward, only expected to discuss the club’s transfers in January.

Recall that the Red Devils lost to Liverpool at Anfield with the score of 3:1 last Sunday, and that result predetermined Mourinho’s fate, who had been working at Old Trafford for two and a half years.

The decision to dismiss the Portuguese specialist was announced on Tuesday – on that day Mourinho was scheduled to meet with Woodward. As it became known to The Times from their sources, Jose had high hopes for that meeting, hoping to achieve a green light on January acquisition.

Mourinho, of course, feared for his future at the club in a long-term perspective, but he expected that he would be allowed at least to finish that season – especially after he successfully achieved an intermediate goal in the form of the Champions League playoffs.

But instead of getting a chequebook out of his pocket, Woodward announced to Mourinho a decision that he had made together with the owners of the club – Glazers – via video conference on Monday evening.

The Glazer family realized that they could save 25% on Mourinho’s compensation if Jose stayed until the end of the season, but it was decided to act immediately.

That decision was made based on a variety of factors, including Mourinho’s loss of control over the locker room. According to the club source, after the defeat at Anfield, one of United’s main players called Woodward on the phone and said that Jose must leave.

(Reporting by Kovtunov Ilya, editing by Ponomarenko Valeriia)

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