The players who played under Sir Alex Ferguson seemed particularly disillusioned with Mourinho's style, and they simply said to Mourinho "thank you, next".
His last game in charge of United was a 3-1 defeat to the Reds. After all, this is United.
But Woodward gives the impression of allowing the egos in the dressing room to run the show while churning through managers - three now since 2013 - while indulging the demands of players and agents.
Though there were many, many failings during Mourinho's tenure at Old Trafford, his transfer record has come in for particular criticism in the aftermath of his sacking.
Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said on Sky Sports News: "I think you have to go back to the start of the season, and I just thought it was inevitable Jose Mourinho wouldn't be the manager the following season".
Ultimately, this is what the Manchester United board care about more than anything else. The club needs an injection of positivity & hopefully this decision will allow that to happen. But it didn't turn out that way. Only 25 per cent believe he should have been given more time.
Look at the Premier League's "Big Six".
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When the police realised it was all fun and games, Williams asked them to participate. Williams is familiar with the area, "We're not trouble".
In the longer term former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has been linked to the club and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino could also be a name in the frame.
December 18, 2018 - Just two days after their first defeat in nine league matches against their north-west rivals, Manchester United announced the Portuguese was sacked by the club on Tuesday morning.
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Should he survive unscathed in the next few weeks, it looks like the only realistic chance he has of leading United into the 2019/20 Champions League is winning the competition this time around. Moyes and Van Gaal got until qualifying for the Champions League was mathematically impossible, so why wasn't Mourinho afforded the same courtesy?
Carrick is favoured for the caretaker role having become part of the coaching staff this season. Had Mourinho stayed on until then, it's perfectly plausible some of the aforementioned players could have moved on, if only to escape Mourinho's idiosyncrasies.
"The most important is that everyone is working at 100%", he said. Everybody expected United to hold off on pushing the button for as long as they could, reducing this season into a quagmire of miserable performances, but they have seen sense.