The rot runs deep at Manchester United. Firing Jose Mourinho just removes the immediate stench of gloom.

With every rebuke aimed — very publicly — at his players or paymasters, Mourinho looked more fixated on picking public fights rather than addressing his own shortcomings.

Call it palpable discord.

Chelsea used that phrase when dismissing Mourinho — for a second time — just three years and one day ago. A championship-winning side had been dragged down to a point

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