Jose Mourinho—the charismatic soccer manager who gave himself the nickname “the Special One”—has been fired by Manchester United after a terrible start to its English Premier League season. United is sixth in the Premier League standings, 19 points behind leaders and archrivals Liverpool, who beat them 3-1 on Sunday. Mourinho, 55, won the League Cup and the Europa League at the club but has come under severe criticism this year for a string of uninspiring results. It’s been the club’s worst start to a season in 28 years. “A caretaker-manager will be appointed until the end of the season while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager,” United said in a statement. “The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.” Sky Sports News reports that Mourinho assistant Michael Carrick will be appointed temporary manager until the end of the season.
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