Michael Owen reacts to Jose Mourinho’s sacking by Man United

The former Man United striker believes Jose Mourinho's sacking is the right decision after Sunday's humiliating 3-1 loss to bitter rivals Liverpool FC

Man United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Michael Owen has backed Manchester United’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho on Tuesday.

The Red Devils parted company with the Portuguese coach following a disastrous result at Anfield in their Premier League game on Sunday evening.

Mourinho’s men slumped to a 3-1 loss to their bitter rivals after goals from Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri helped Liverpool FC to move 19 points ahead of sixth-placed Manchester United.

The 20-time English champions ended the 17th round of fixtures in sixth spot and 11 points adrift of the top four to leave their hopes of Champions League football in 2019-20 in doubt.

Mourinho was adamant that a top-four finish remained a realistic target in his post-match conference at Anfield despite the widening gap between Manchester United and their top-four rivals.

The Red Devils sacked Mourinho with 21 games to rescue their season ahead of their trip to Cardiff City in the Premier League next weekend.

Former Manchester United striker Owen wasn’t surprised by Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday.

Owen wrote on Twitter: “Inevitable is the word I’d use. Mourinho had to go in the end. Simply not getting anywhere near enough out of his players.”

Mourinho took over the reins of Manchester United from Louis van Gaal in May 2016.

The Red Devils won the Europa League and the League Cup under Mourinho in his first season at Old Trafford.

The 20-time English champions finished in second spot last season but still found themselves 19 points behind champions Manchester City.

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