Duncan Castles has this evening shed light on the financial hit that Manchester United will be forced to undertake, if they choose to part ways with Jose Mourinho.
The opening 4 months of the new season have proven a thoroughly underwhelming affair for all involved with United.
With 17 games played in the Premier League, the Manchester giants currently sit a whopping 19 points off table-toppers Liverpool.
26 – Manchester United have picked up 26 points after their first 17 Premier League games; their worst points haul in the top-flight at this stage since 1990-91 (also 26 points). Dip. pic.twitter.com/FI2avHKq1D
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 16, 2018
In addition, the Red Devils have already been ousted from this season’s League Cup, and, barring a controversial injury-time winner versus Young Boys in the Champions League, would have found themselves in serious danger of being ousted from European football’s grandest stage at the first hurdle.
However, while United’s results have been one source of concern, the overall performances of Jose Mourinho’s men have actually proven even more worrying for fans of the club.
Overall, the Red Devils have looked an absolute shell of their once great selves. A negative, reactionary approach has led to United consistently looking as though they lack any real game-plan, with the relentless, attack-minded football so long associated with the club now seemingly a distant memory.
As such, unsurprisingly, much of the blame for United’s abysmal approach has been placed on the shoulders of Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese tactician has cut an increasingly-frustrated figure to this point in the campaign, with his side’s latest drab display having culminated in a deserved 3-1 defeat versus fierce rivals Liverpool at Anfield this past weekend.
Man United’s Mourinho conundrum
As such, it came as little surprise when this morning’s updated odds on the Premier League manager most likely to be imminently relieved of his duties featured Mourinho atop the pile, at just 7/4.
However, what such odds fail to take into account, is just how much of a financial hit Manchester United would incur, in the case that they did in fact choose to part ways with Mourinho.
As revealed by Daily Record journalist Duncan Castles this evening, if the Red Devils’ board make the decision to sack the Portuguese tactician before the close of the winter transfer market, Mourinho will be owed a massive £24 million.
‘While the compensation package due to the 55-year-old will fall by 25 percent should Mourinho fail to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League, United face a minimum liability of £18m to dismiss the coach.’
As such, despite mounting calls for his head, Mourinho’s position at the helm at Old Trafford looks to be safe, at least for the time being.