Jose Mourinho is demanding the public backing of Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward before Saturday’s Old Trafford clash with Newcastle, sources have told ESPN FC.
Less sarcastically, the change is that United managed to win a game, destroying Rafael Benitez’s soul in a 3-2 win, crowned by an injury-time victor from Alexis Sanchez.
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.
There are suggestions that senior United officials met with representatives of Mourinho in London on Friday to discuss the crisis, with the manager backed to turn around the club’s fortunes after their worst start to a season in 29-years.
He said: “I’m not here to talk about him”.
“But the players have to take their fair share of the blame as well because quite clearly they can put the effort in like they did in the second half today”.
“If you score once you can score a few goals in some minutes; I’ve seen Manchester United doing that a lot of times over the years and today we did it”.
But after being booed off at half-time, United avoided going five games without a win thanks to a thrilling second half fightback.
“As a friend of mine was saying to me this morning, if tomorrow [it] rains in London, it’s my fault”, he said. If there are some difficulties with the agreements of Brexit, it is my fault.
“Although Mr Jimenez helped Mr Ashley minimise the impact of the trouble, it again ruined the potential sale of Newcastle United Football Club that Mr Jimenez had lined up”. I have to be ready for this.
“The fans that read the papers, that are connected with social media, they thought maybe I had gone”, Mourinho said. I think the fans deserved to win.
“I think of Louis van Gaal being sacked the evening of a cup final and finding out from other people”. I absolutely love it to death.
“(Here) I’m losing 2-0 at home in a very important match, the fans were awesome, I’m grateful for that”.