Jose Mourinho's Manchester United Job Not Under Immediate Threat, Say Sources


Jose Mourinho insisted he was still the man to turn Manchester United's ailing season around as Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper reported he would be sacked regardless of Saturday's result against Newcastle at Old Trafford.

According to the Mirror, Mourinho has lost the confidence of the board with "senior United sources" telling the paper that the Portuguese coach's almost two-and-a-half-years in charge will end whatever the outcome of the league game against the Magpies.

United have been dumped out of the Carabao Cup to Championship side Derby County and have not won any of their last four home matches - another draw or defeat against Newcastle would mark their worst run at Old Trafford since 1999. "I have no doubts about that", he said.

Zinedine Zidane has been linked as a potential replacement for Mourinho, having quit Real Madrid at the end of last season after three consecutive Champions League successes.

Sources at United have told ESPN FC that they believe Mourinho to be increasingly unhappy and ill-tempered at the club.

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Should United and Mourinho part ways, the choice of his successor will be crucial as the Manchester club look to return to competing with the likes of City and Liverpool in the Premier League title race. "That is the reason why it was a phenomenal season". "I know we are in the beginning of October and you look to tables all around Europe and in numerous leagues the tables in September, October, they don't reflect what is going to happen in a few months later or even in the end of the season".

"I'm furious, since three or four years ago when David Moyes was sacked and it was broken a day before to journalists.

It's unacceptable. I have to say that Jose Mourinho will get the biggest support he's ever had in his life in that ground and I'll be there to give it to him". "The tail is wagging the dog".

Neville said all has not been right at the club for a long time. I have to say something has to change and it isn't the manager, it's above that. Not since 1999 have Manchester United gone five games without a win, and we predict they will avoid equalling another unwanted record this weekend.

"I have to assess Fede (Fernández) and Dummett", said Benitez in Friday afternoon's press conference.