Manchester United have been a shadow of their glorious past ever since the retirement of iconic Sir Alex Ferguson. But the appointment of high-profile Jose Mourinho excited the supporters a couple of years back as they once again dreamed of reconquering the Premier League throne under the guidance of one of the league’s most successful managers.
The Portuguese tactician failed to make it to ‘top four’ in his first season in charge but guided them to clinch a runners-up place the last term behind ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City. There were hopes of an improved display this term but a disastrous inception of the 2018-19 campaign led to speculations of his dismissal. As per a few reports, Mourinho’s days are numbered at Old Trafford as he might be shown the door irrespective of his side’s outcome against Newcastle United on Saturday evening.
But the rumours have now been dismissed and labelled as ‘nonsense’ by the club as reported by Sky Sports. United have decided to be patient with Mourinho despite failing to win at home since the opening day encounter versus Leicester City. They have been knocked out by minnows Derby County from the EFL Cup and are placed 10th in Premier League standings following a series of disastrous outings. His rift with Paul Pogba has been widely discussed and the gaffer seems to have lost the dressing room similar to his final days in West London.
Jorge Medes, Mourinho’s agent met with United officials on Friday which, however, was not at all a discussion regarding his client’s United future. The charismatic Portuguese might just have survived an exit but needs to improve the show at the Theatre of Dreams by clinching a win over the struggling Magpies. The players have let Mourinho down massively so far this season and must admit the failure as well as uplift their display before it gets too late to script a revival.