It is understood that a defeat against Newcastle will spell the end of the ‘Special One’ at Old Trafford
Jose Mourinho is facing the sack at Manchester United, and could be gone as soon as next week.
That’s according to an exclusive report in The Sun, with the newspaper claiming Mourinho has lost the faith of his Old Trafford bosses.
United have gone four games without a win and are sitting tenth in the Premier League table after seven games.
The Sun say that the woeful run of form has ‘startled’ Ed Woodward and the United hierarchy and a defeat against Newcastle on Saturday could well spell the end for Mourinho.
The only thing that could save the self-styled Special One is the lack of a viable alternative, with former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said to be distancing himself from the job.
Since taking over from Louis van Gaal in 2016, Mourinho has won the Europa League and EFL Cup.
But his style of play has often been criticised and United have been unable to mount a serious title challenge since the Portuguese’s arrival.
They finished second in the Premier League last season – after finishing sixth the year before – but were a massive 19 points behind the champions, their near neighbours Manchester City.
Mourinho’s recruitment at United has come under fire, with a number of his signings having failed to impress.
His relationship with Paul Pogba, an £89million buy from Juventus, has become increasingly strained, while other big-name arrivals such as Alexis Sanchez have not made the impact expected of them.
Mourinho has been criticised by a number of former players, including 11-time Premier League title winner Paul Scholes.
Speaking on Tuesday night, Scholes said: “He’s coming out in press conferences and constantly having a go at players, he’s having a go at people above him because he’s not getting what he wants.
“I think his mouth is out of control and he’s embarrassing the club.”
Eric Bailly from Villarreal: £30m (2016)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic from PSG: free transfer (2016)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund: £27m (2016)
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Victor Lindelof from Benfica: £31m (2017)
Romelu Lukaku from Everton: £75m (2017)
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