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Though it seemed at one point that Mourinho may just be able to overcome his third season syndrome and survive the bumpy spell at United, the atmosphere surrounding the club got more toxic by the minute. Mourinho clearly grew frustrated with the players and vice versa, and after managing to get by until December, “The Special One” was relieved of his duties after a disappointing 1-3 defeat away to Liverpool. Up to that point, the season was way below expectations, again. More down than up. The manager had lost the dressing room, the dressing room was as polluted as ever — and someone desperately needed to come in and cleanse the air around the club. Bring back the feel-good factor, let the players enjoy their football again, and see where Manchester United stands in preparation for the future with the season all but over in December.