How Manchester United players have reacted to Jose Mourinho sacking


Manchester United players were 'happy' to discover Jose Mourinho had been sacked by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Tuesday morning.
United players had Monday off and Mourinho travelled to London to spend time with his family, while Woodward attended the first-half of the academy team's enthralling FA Youth Cup victory over Chelsea at Leigh Sports Village last night.
Mourinho arrived at the club's Carrington training ground on Tuesday morning to take training but was informed in person by Woodward that he was to be dismissed. A dressing room source said the players were 'happy' upon being told of the managerial change and look forward to a more adventurous playing style.
Woodward is set to appoint an interim coach until the end of the season within the next few days. High-level sources claim the change of manager was partly made to 'put smiles back on people's faces' at the club after the turbulent Mourinho tenure. The caretaker coach is due to be in charge for the Saturday tea-time trip to Cardiff.
Although there is growing support in the United dressing room for Michael Carrick to be considered as Mourinho's successor, it is understood he has been ruled out as the caretaker coach. Carrick is a popular figure among the squad, having played for United for 12 years, and is believed to have generated greater respect since his summer switch to the coaching staff.
Just like with Louis van Gaal's former assistant Ryan Giggs, several squad members would approve if United were to promote from within through Carrick. Former captain Wayne Rooney privately endorsed Giggs as Van Gaal's replacement before Mourinho was appointed in 2016 and, amid a desire for a new playing style, many players believe Carrick would preach a more positive approach. Carrick and fellow first-team coach Kieran McKenna will oversee training on Tuesday.

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