Mourinho Bites the Dust

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The breaking news today has been nothing short of sensational, with Manchester United formally announcing the parting of ways with manager Jose Mourinho. 

The straw that appears to have broken the camel’s back was the dismal performance in the 3-1 defeat at arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday, where Jurgen Klopp’s men nearly registered 40 shots at David De Gea’s (£1.27) goal. The negativity has been surrounding Old Trafford seemingly all season with stories about several players, uninspiring performances and concerns about the quality of the playing staff despite huge swathes of money being spent under Mourinho’s reign and on the eve of the frantic Christmas period, the Red Devils have moved to remove the ‘Special One’ from his duties. What does it all mean on the Football Index though?

One of the largest stories in recent months has been the ongoing battle for supremacy between record signing Paul Pogba (£11.90) and Mourinho. The World Cup winner has found himself benched in the past few weeks and rumours were beginning to intensify about a transfer away from Old Trafford which saw the United number 6 collect yesterday’s £0.05 Media Dividends.  There have been almost weekly public spats between the two protagonists with agents and the media only too keen to comment. Yet with the removal of the manager, it appears to instantly make Pogba more likely to stay in Manchester. This was evidenced with Pogba dropping by £0.73 from a price of £12.67 earlier this morning as the main problem for Pogba at United now seems to have gone.

Elsewhere on the Index, the news is also likely to be a welcome boost to forwards, Antony Martial (£5.50), Marcus Rashford (£6.09) and Alexis Sanchez (£4.92) all of whom have been criticised by Mourinho at various times. The hope of United fans and Indexers alike will be that the forwards will now thrive in a new attacking system for the Red Devils which will help them to recapture their best form and improve the atmosphere at Old Trafford. The news alone has seen Martial increase by £1.14, Rashford by £0.75 and Sanchez by £0.54 in the last 24 hours as seen above.

Finally in the world of the Football Index, what does this all mean for the upcoming January transfer window? Quite frankly it could be huge, with the United hierarchy seemingly unwilling to support Mourinho’s plans in the last window will they now proceed with other plans? They have already made the huge decision to remove Mourinho before the January window and there are sure to be changes, keep an eye out on those transfer rumours.

It’s a huge day in the Premier League and unsurprisingly the Index has been quick to react to the incredible news.

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Introduced to Football INDEX while England were being dumped out of Euro 2016 by Iceland, Jim analyses the market in detail to help Traders enhance their portfolios.

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