JOSE MOURINHO has been sacked as Manchester United manager.
Manchester United confirmed the news via an official statement on the club website:
"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."
The announce follows United’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, which left the Red Devils 19 points off the league leaders and 18 points off cross-town rivals Manchester City.
Manchester United are also 11 points off fourth place and a coveted Champions League qualification spot.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the Liverpool loss, Mourinho insisted United could still achieve a top four finish.
"[Can we] win the title? Of course not. But we can still finish fourth," he said.
"It's not easy but for sure we are going to finish in the top six."
The 55-year-old Portuguese won three trophies during his first season at Old Trafford, but had come under increasing pressure this year with United languishing in sixth place.
Mourinho won the League Cup and the Europa League during his time at the club.