It was expected that Manchester United's defeat to Liverpool on Sunday would be a step too far for all involved at Old Trafford, and that appears to be the case, as former Premier League winner Jose Mourinho opted to leave his position as manager on Tuesday morning. The Portuguese football manager has previously won three Premier League titles, a Portuguese Primeira Liga title, a La Liga title, two Serie A titles and two Champions Leagues. His decline over recent months has seen Manchester United slip down to sixth, with a nineteen point gap sitting between them and top place Liverpool.
There's been talk of an external appointment set to be made within thirty-six hours, announcing the new Manchester United manager. It was first assumed that assistant manager and former club captain Michael Carrick would take on the job until the end of the season, but it sounds like the club would prefer to put Carrick in charge only until they appoint another manager to take on the job on an interim basis until the end of the campaign.
Football fans throughout the country are now keeping tabs on Manchester United manager odds, with every price fluctuating by the minute as the bookies continue to accept bets on all of the world's best - and some of the worst - managers in circulation. We've taken a look at the current favourites, assessing who looks like the likely choice, and who we think would be a shrewd appointment out of all in contention.