What next for Mourinho after exiting Old Trafford?

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The sacking of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United FC was expected owing to his dismal performance.

The 55-year-old leaves United with the club languishing a distant sixth in the Premier League – a full 19 points behind bitter rivals Liverpool, who sit top.

“Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club. We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future” the club tweeted.

The self-proclaimed Special One’s career now appears to beat a crossroads, given his recent high-profile failures at both United and Chelsea.

United are 11 points away from the top four. They have never had as bad a season in Premier League history. Mourinho has been criticized for fielding over seven defenders at the expense of strikers.

What options does he have after his exit at Old Trafford?

Real Madrid

Real Madrid are struggling and the club’s president,Florentino Perez, remains a big admirer. But his appointment would no doubt prove divisive with the club’s numerous superstars. Mourinho could easily get a calling at Real.

Portugal

Mourinho has in the past spoken about his dream to manage the Portuguese national team. This could be the right time for him.

Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino is Manchester United’s top managerial target. Should he move to Old Trafford, Spurs could be tempted into a move for Mourinho

Inter Milan

Mourinho is still adored in Milan. Out of the Champions League and a distant third in Serie A, Luciano Spalletti could find himself under pressure soon.

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