Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Jose Mourinho 'immediate sacking' rumours dismissed by Manchester United

Jose Mourinho 'immediate sacking' rumours dismissed by Manchester United

"And the players have to take their share of the blame because they can put the effort in like they did in the second half against Newcastle".

Jose Mourinho has presided over United's joint-worst start to a league campaign in Premier League history.

Mourinho sat motionless when then asked if he could assure fans that he was doing everything he can to try to turn things around in a short press conference, held at the earlier than usual time of 8am on Friday.

This all means that Merson already looks foolish with his claim about Newcastle ahead of their clash against Manchester United and hopefully the Magpies can make him even more wrong by achieving a positive result.

United's stuttering start to the season has seen the experienced Portuguese coach's position at Old Trafford repeatedly called into question.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Mourinho has been pushing for a show of support from Woodward and the Glazer family, United's owners, in recent weeks, with further efforts made this week to prompt them into a public statement of their backing.

Manchester United's fixture list looks imposing. He also said "there is something rotten to the core" at United.

"If Manchester United could hand pick any team to play this weekend it would be Newcastle", wrote Merson for Sky Sports.

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"In my football memories, I remember [as manager of Chelsea] I beat Liverpool at Anfield 4-0 and I was amazed the stadium was singing their song, but now I am in a situation where I'm losing 2-0 at home in a match everyone knows is important for us to win, and they were unbelievable".

While it is understood that patience is wearing thin among the United hierarchy, the immediacy of Friday's report sent ripples around the football world. "Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world and I think at this moment in time any manager in the world would struggle at that football club with the way that the recruitment is handled, the way in which it is operated".

Yes, he lost his way at Arsenal towards the end, but that should in no way overshadow the fact that he changed the whole ethos of the club, from the development and trust in his younger players to the eye-catching and attractive brand of football he brought to the Gunners.

The French man had a successful three years at PSG, winning a domestic double and back-to-back trebles in his three seasons, but his lack of European silverware led to perhaps a premature exit from the Parisien club.

Sanchez's victor also saw United supporters, who had been muted in their backing for Mourinho to that point, sing his name out loud around Old Trafford.

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