Jose Mourinho’s huge pay-off to leave Manchester United

Sanchez scored 80 goals in over three seasons with Arsenal

"It is good, we are happy", he said after the match before adding that "it is only half-time, though".

Despite interest in Leicester's Harry Maguire, Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin, Colombia worldwide Yerry Mina and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng, the United hierarchy chose not to answer Mourinho's demands for an experienced centre-half due to the manager having already signed Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof during his first two years in charge.

What could be more significant is how it will show exactly how times have changed at Old Trafford since Jose Mourinho was sacked and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Woodward praised the work of Solskjaer and his backroom team as United announced record revenues of £208.6million for their second-quarter financial results in 2019 on Thursday.

Chelsea once found it impossible to get past Manchester United in the FA Cup or League Cup, but after nine consecutive failures against the Old Trafford club they have turned the tables to win the teams' subsequent six ties. "We have Chelsea and Liverpool in the next two games".

Manchester United revealed on Thursday that sacking Jose Mourinho cost the club almost £20 million, with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward hailing the impact of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"I think we lost some pace (when Antony Martial and Jesse Lingard went off injured in the first half) but won some combination with Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata".

United were in the midst of an 11-game unbeaten streak since December but the Red Devils crashed to their first defeat under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"Lots has been written about this", he said. "Many of our players are very young", he said.

Another reflection of that can be seen in the club's share price, which hit 17.28 U.S. dollars (£13.49) in NY in December but is now heading back towards 20 United States dollars (£15.60).

And he was also coy on the club's reported move for a director of football.

"Possibly, by the time we get to the summer we will be in a much stronger position with regard to the average tenure of each contract with our key players".

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