Breaking down Man Utd’s spending on sacked managers since Ferguson’s 2013 exit

Manchester United have spent almost £33million sacking managers since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future at Old Trafford has been put in doubt after fresh reports emerged that Ed Woodward has again approached Mauricio Pochettino to become United’s new manager.

It was far from coincidental that Pochettino appeared on Monday Night Football also.

Solskjaer would be the fourth managerial casualty at the club since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

Terminating contracts early doesn’t come cheap.

The sackings of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho cost Manchester United a combined total of £32.9m, according to the club’s accounts.

United paid out £4.9m when David Moyes was handed his P45 in 2014, though the accounts don’t specify how much of that went to Moyes himself.

Louis van Gaal’s departure cost the club £8.4m.

The biggest payout though, came after the dismissal of José Mourinho – £19.6m.

How much sacking managers has cost Man Utd

  • David Moyes (April 2014): £4.9million

  • Louis van Gaal (May 2016): £8.4million

  • Jose Mourinho (December 2018): £19.6million

Mourinho, of course, is no stranger to big payoffs.

His two spells at Chelsea were both brought to an end prematurely, and cost the club £23.0m the first time, and £8.3m the second time.

In fact, Roman Abramovich has spent an astounding £94.6m on dismissing managers, according to the club’s accounts.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.

But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.

The question now is whether they can find the right balance?

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The question at Old Trafford now is when will Solskjaer follow?

On Friday, Moyes, now in charge at West Ham, warned: “All managers are under pressure at different levels.

“Manchester United probably has more pressure than any club in the world, and it comes with the job.

"We all know exactly what happens if we don’t win enough games.”

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