Sacking Jose Mourinho cost Manchester United £19.6million, the Premier League club have revealed in their latest financial results.
That sum, which is listed under ‘exceptional items’ in the accounts, includes pay-outs for the five members of Mourinho’s staff who left with him on December 18.
It is less than was reported in some quarters but four times the amount United had to pay predecessors David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal when they were fired in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
In the report, the club announced record revenues of £208.6million for the quarter, which translate into earnings of £104.3million and an operating profit of £44million.
In a statement, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: ‘The appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan as caretaker manager and assistant manager has had a positive impact throughout the club.
‘We are delighted with the improvement in the team’s performances since December and we look forward to a strong finish to the 2018/2019 season.’
Mourinho was sacked shortly after United lost 3-1 to Liverpool, the fifth league defeat of the season and a result which left the Old Trafford club 19 points behind their fierce rivals from Merseyside.
Since then, however, they have won eight of nine Premier League games – drawing the other – and have returned to the top four, leapfrogging Arsenal and Chelsea. Solskjaer earned the league’s manager-of-the-month prize for January.