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Premier League Betting: Five games that defined Jose Mourinho's season

19:13 EAT 18/12/2018
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With Manchester United parting ways from the Portuguese, we take a look back at some of their matches this campaign which led them to that decision

Jose Mourinho’s tenure as Manchester United manager is officially over after the pair parted ways on Tuesday morning.

A 3-1 defeat at Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday leaves the Red Devils on just 26 points from 17 games, having won only seven league matches this season.

Although a defeat at their bitter rivals will never sit well with anyone associated with the club, it was far from a defining result in their season. Indeed, it was certainly not an upset with Jurgen Klopp’s men just 11/20 (1.55) with bet365 pre-match.

Here's a look at five matches which contributed to United beginning the search for their fifth manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in May 2013.

Brighton 3-2 Manchester United – August 19

Having beaten Leicester 2-1 in their opening fixture of the season, United were in good spirits and were just 18/25 (1.72) to beat Brighton at the Amex Stadium a week later.

However, three goals in the first half gave the Seagulls another famous win over the Red Devils - just three months after seeing them off at the business end of last season – and put the first specks out doubt into Mourinho’s leadership.

Manchester United 0-3 Tottenham – August 27

Things didn’t get any better for Mou just eight days later as Tottenham won at Old Trafford for the first time in over four years thanks largely to Lucas Moura’s second-half double.

United could be backed at 8/5 (2.60) whilst Spurs were available at 19/10 (2.90), so whilst the bookmakers did not necessarily expect a home victory, a much closer game seemed on the cards.

West Ham 3-1 Manchester United – September 29

United followed that astonishing loss with three consecutive wins but a home draw to Wolves (priced at 3/1) and a penalty shootout exit at the hands of Derby County in the EFL Cup had Jose reeling.

Just four days after that defeat to the Rams, a trip to the London Stadium ended badly as West Ham defied 3/1 (4.0) odds to claim three points and leave the Red Devils languishing in 10th place.

Juventus 1-2 Manchester United - November 7

A week after that defeat at West Ham saw Newcastle come to town and the curtains were coming down on Mourinho when the Magpies went 2-0 up inside 10 minutes, but a remarkable 3-2 victory saw the Portuguese live to fight another day.

It looked like they had turned a corner as wins over Everton and Bournemouth put United back on track, before two goals in the last three minutes at Juventus gave them a 2-1 victory and all but assured their spot in the Champions League Last 16.

It was a 19/4 (5.75) shot pre-match that Mou's men claimed victory just two weeks after losing the reverse fixture 1-0 at Old Trafford, whilst it was priced at 150/1 (151.0) that United would turn it around in-play after trailing in the 85th minute.

Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United - December 16

That merely proved to be temporary respite from more ignominy, though, rather than representing any kind of significant fillip in United's uninspiring, dour campaign.

After failing to upset 8/1 (9.0) odds at Manchester City in November, the Red Devils won just one of their next four league games before defeat at Anfield which - although it went the way of the bookies - was all she wrote for Mourinho.