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'Inevitable is the word I'd use': Former Man Utd players react to Mourinho's sacking

Manchester United have announced that Jose Mourinho has left the club "with immediate effect" following the club's 3-1 defeat against Liverpool.

A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the season, the club said.

Mourinho's final match was a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. Credit: PA

The news was not a surprise to former player Michael Owen, who was managed by Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford from 2009.

Likewise, his exit was not a shock to Rio Ferdinand.

Posting on Twitter, the centre back said he felt "right now is the right time".

I was one of his biggest advocates when he joined the club & felt he stabilised MUFC when we needed it...

You can’t ignore what Jose has achieved as a manager previously but I feel the time has come for fresh ideas

– Rio Ferdinand/ Instagram

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Paul Pogba posted a playful image on social media of himself raising an eyebrow with the invitation to "caption this!" minutes after the announcement that Mourinho had left the club.

The post - which may have been scheduled in advance rather than posted live - was quickly deleted. But not before it had been noticed by Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville:

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Others urged the club to look to it's future:

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Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes the club should try to bring in "outstanding candidate" Mauricio Pochettino as Jose Mourinho's replacement.

Manchester United defender Gary Neville at Old Trafford in 1999. Credit: PA

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Neville remarked: "I said last season that the next manager of Manchester United should be Mauricio Pochettino.

"When I look at the values of Manchester United, you look at Mauricio Pochettino's belief in young players at (previous club) Southampton and with Tottenham. You look at his performance levels and the style of play, the way in which he carries himself at all times, publicly and in private.

"I've been fortunate enough to spend two or three days at Tottenham's training ground and to me he just feels like the most ideal candidate."

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