What Mourinho did after leaving hotel speaks volumes

Jose Mourinho was snapped leaving the Lowry Hotel on Saturday morning, less than 24 hours after it was revealed he is set to be sacked.

The Manchester United boss has lost the confidence of the board, with not even a win over Newcastle enough to change their minds.

The Red Devils have endured a rotten start to the season, are winless in four and look no closer to challenging Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title.

Mourinho has also alienated players, fans and staff at Old Trafford with his ­divisive approach in recent months, and those in charge of the club, led by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, have had enough.

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But despite the news breaking late on Friday evening, Mourinho seemed unfazed as he posed for pictures with fans outside the Lowry the next morning.

Since taking charge of the Red Devils in 2016, Mourinho has used the luxury five-star hotel as his permanent residence.

The Portuguese then jumped into a chauffeur-driven Jaguar and departed, presumably to the club’s training ground at Carrington.

While being snapped, Mourinho held up his little finger to the cameras.

The United boss produced the same gesture to fans at Old Trafford on Tuesday following his side’s goalless Champions League draw against Valencia.

The meaning behind it, however, is still unclear.

United were booed off after their drab 0-0 home draw to Valencia in midweek, which is said to have finally convinced the United hierarchy that a change is needed.

That came on the back of a 3-1 defeat at West Ham, which saw United legend Paul Scholes call for ‘Special One’ Mourinho to go.

Ex-Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is the favourite to succeed Mourinho, who is set to receive compensation of around £20million. Michael Carrick could be put in temporary charge.

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