Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Manchester United manager after only 17 games of the 2018-19 Premier League season, with the club sixth in the table and 19 points behind leaders Liverpool.
A controversial figure, Mourinho has often split sections of the support at his various high-profile managerial stops – and his two-and-a-half-year stay at Old Trafford was no different.
A number of big football names have been quick to share their reaction to the news on social media, as well as Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher responding to Paul Pogba's ill-timed post on Twitter.
The World Cup winner invited people to caption an image of himself in which he was depicted shooting a sideways glance at the camera with a furrowed brow, his expression more of a smirk than a smile.
Patrice Evra and Michael Owen have been among the former United players to give their views on the decision to get rid of Mourinho.
Here, we collate the best initial reactions from the football world to United's decision on Tuesday:
Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club.We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future. December 18, 2018
The thing that is annoying me the most right now is why are people so focused on and Jose Mourinho. Let's focus on rebuilding something solid instead of being in a playground. Doing this is only disrespecting the badge, from now we only need positivity. December 18, 2018
Jose Mourinho . Gone ! Three or four players should be getting their suit cases at the ready , because what’s been going on on the field is disgraceful. I’d have a mirror put in the dressing Room . .December 18, 2018
“ Caption This “You do one as well !December 18, 2018
Spot on! Plenty of clubs in Europe doing fine without him!! December 18, 2018
He not the only one who should depart!!!December 18, 2018
With 19 points behind after 17 games, with the vast majority of players playing way below their best...and dour football to boot. Given Mourinho was allowed to spend hundreds of millions on those players the split seemed inevitable.December 18, 2018
Would imagine one of the main reasons for sacking Mourinho now would be to stop the attempted mass exodus of their best players next month.December 18, 2018
Inevitable is the word I’d use. Mourinho had to go in the end. Simply not getting anywhere near enough out of his players.December 18, 2018
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