Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho after back-to-back defeats against Valencia and Liverpool
Wednesday 19 December 2018 07:45, UK
Manchester United sacked Jose Mourinho after a run of poor form culminated in a crushing 3-1 defeat at Liverpool - but where did it go wrong? We check the stats...
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United have only collected 26 points after 17 games in the Premier League this season - the lowest tally at this stage of a campaign during the modern era.
But stellar cup runs in his first season and an impressive runners-up finish in the Premier League last term boosted Mourinho's record, leaving the club with a win ratio of 58.3 per cent in all competitions.
That win rate surpasses predecessors Louis van Gaal and David Moyes - ranking behind only Sir Alex Ferguson's 59.7 per cent.
|Sir Alex Ferguson||1500||895||338||267||2769||1365||59.7%|
|Louis van Gaal||103||54||25||24||158||98||52.4%|
United hit form at this stage of the season during Mourinho's first term and achieved a fast start last time out, but have failed to find a purple patch during this campaign - sitting sixth in the league table, eight points adrift of Arsenal.
The graphic below suggests Mourinho's fate stemmed from defensive frailties, conceding twice as many goals per game this season compared with last term - having scored 29 and shipped 29 in the Premier League.
Only four clubs have conceded more goals than Man Utd in the Premier League this season: Fulham (43), Cardiff, Burnley (both 33) and Southampton (32).
The Portuguese only claimed sixth spot in the Premier League during his first term at United after prioritising alternative silverware to claim the League Cup and Europa Cup.
Mourinho's second season produced his highest ratio of goals at United, scoring 1.8 per game in all competitions, while conceding just 0.7 goals per game for a second successive season to secure an impressive league finish.
|Season||Games played||W||D||L||Win %||Trophies won|
|2016/17||64||37||18||9||57.8%||League Cup, Europa League|
But, despite Mourinho leaving the club with a season-low 41.7 per cent win ratio in all competitions, the two-time Champions League winner still ranks fifth for his all-time win rate of 62.3 per cent in the Premier League.
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