There are thousands of Portugal and Manchester United fans in South Africa. When you add the fact that Chelsea is also very popular, then the news of Jose Mourinho's sacking becomes one of the biggest talking points to date.
On Wednesday afternoon Ole Gunnar Solskjær was confirmed as the new Manchester United manager. The former Red Devils striker will take the job on a temporary basis, until the end of the season.
This is when it is understood United's permanent manager will start, a strong hint that this candidate is not available right now.
Here's how the South African media and players reacted to Mourinho's sacking, the biggest soccer news worldwide this week.
The Special One becomes The "Sacked One" — Marks Maponyane (@MarksMaponyane) December 18, 2018
Sacking Mourinho is another big mistake by Manchester United. The owners are the problem.I can’t see any coach succeeding at Utd with the current squad. Utd will continue to struggle. #MourinhoSacked — ZAID OMAR (@ZaidOmar) December 18, 2018
Martin Tyler believes Jose Mourinho's personality changed during his time at @ManUtd.
Jose Mourinho has been sacked by @ManUtd: https://t.co/cMgxUIfykQ
Follow updates and reaction after Jose Mourinho is sacked as @ManUtd manager here: https://t.co/kouvEuOFMj pic.twitter.com/NtcwrybPov — Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 18, 2018
I was talking to journos for years about this misconception in England v other European countries, where top Euro coaches get relegated, learn from experiences at small clubs then move on to the best clubs in their nations. Coaching excellence is measured on coaching & not fame — Ignat Football (@IgnatFootball) December 19, 2018
Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho who do you want to take over as the new coach?? Zidane ? Carrick ? — James keene (@JamesKeene28) December 18, 2018
You know it’s going to happen bro. So make the most of this year — Jeremy Brockie (@JRBrockie) December 18, 2018
How can José and Mourinho trend at the same time? What kind of sorcery is this? pic.twitter.com/Ji14u0WeKh— Caleb Mohammed (@Capes_Meister) December 18, 2018
Yesterday morning I was reading a forum laughing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be the worst option as Manchester United's next manager. To the contrary I am impressed that a big Premier League club is finally able to realise that relegation doesn't necessarily make you a bad manager — Ignat Football (@IgnatFootball) December 19, 2018