It seems that Jose Mourinho's spell as manager of Manchester United is coming to an end, as reports suggest that the Portuguese manager will be sacked over the weekend. Mirror Football's David McDonnell has reported that senior sources in the club have indicated that the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager will be shown the door following United's game against Newcastle United on Saturday. Mourinho's team have had the worst start in the league in 29 years and have lost 3, drawn 1 and won 3 in the Premier League, and are currently 10th in the league, 9 points behind the table toppers, Manchester City and Liverpool. The Portuguese manager has had a torrid time with reports of unrest and infighting dominating the headlines rather than the performances on the pitch, which have been rather boring and dreadful as well. Mourinho has reportedly fallen out with the board after their failure in signing a top quality centre-back in the summer, while he has had a public fallout with star player … [Read more...] about Jose Mourinho to be sacked as Manchester United boss after Newcastle United match
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By Rob Harris The Associated Press Sat., Sept. 29, 2018 LONDON—After a third loss in seven English Premier League games so far, Jose Mourinho was quick to apportion blame for Manchester United’s collapse at West Ham. While the moans about refereeing decisions were predictable after the 3-1 loss on Saturday, holding the media partly responsible was a fresher excuse to pour scorn on another ineffective display by Anthony Martial. Leaving out forward Alexis Sanchez and starting Martial was portrayed by Mourinho as bowing to public demands. It’s a decision Mourinho suggested he regretted. “Something that you are asking for a long, long, long, long time (is) to play Martial,” Mourinho told reporters. “I left Alexis out and I think that Martial is not a player very, very, very focused on his defensive duties and to play him as a second striker and trying just to cover the area of (Declan) Rice would be much easier for him.” Read … [Read more...] about Jose Mourinho points fingers after Manchester United loss against West Ham United
LONDON (AFP) - Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United have been found wanting for motivation in a difficult start to the season, but is expecting a big response from his side in Saturday's (Sept 29) visit to West Ham. United begin the weekend sitting seventh, eight points off the top of the Premier League, after defeats to Brighton and Tottenham and being held to a 1-1 draw at home by Wolves last Saturday after three straight wins. That was followed on Tuesday by elimination from the League Cup on penalties at home by Championship side Derby County after a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. "I sometimes feel frustrated because with the work we do, I'm always expecting more," said Mourinho on Friday. "It looks that when we feel we are really improving and playing better and having a good run of results there is always a little going down in terms of the focus or the motivation. I feel that." Mourinho has also had the distraction of a clash with midfielder Paul Pogba having stripped the … [Read more...] about Football: Motivate yourselves, Jose Mourinho urges under-performing Manchester United
LONDON (AFP) - Paul Pogba launched a blistering critique of Manchester United's defensive-minded tactics in Saturday's (Sept 22) draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, which is likely to infuriate manager Jose Mourinho. The 25-year-old French World Cup winning midfielder said there were no excuses for not attacking in home games. The draw - played out in front of legendary former manager Alex Ferguson who made his first appearance at a match since undergoing emergency brain surgery in May - left United in seventh, eight points behind leaders Liverpool. "We are at home and we should play much better against Wolves. We are here to attack," Pogba told the media after the match. "When we play like (that) it's easier for us." Asked what is stopping United attacking more, Pogba said: "I can't tell you because I'm a player. It's not me." His criticism comes shortly after it appeared that he and Mourinho were mending their rift, with the Portuguese manager saying on Friday that success at the … [Read more...] about Football: Paul Pogba takes aim at Jose Mourinho’s negative tactics at Manchester United
MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is fighting to save his job just three games into the new Premier League season after back-to-back defeats against Brighton and Tottenham.Spurs' 3-0 win at Old Trafford on Monday was the heaviest home defeat of his coaching career and the team looked a long way from being realistic title challengers.So should United bite the bullet and fire the Portuguese coach or give Mourinho time to try and turn things around?AFP Sports looks at the pros and cons of keeping him in charge.THIRD-SEASON SYNDROMENow in his third season at Old Trafford, United might have already seen the best Mourinho has to offer.In two spells at Chelsea and at Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid he always won the league in his second campaign. However, his third seasons at Chelsea and Madrid ended acrimoniously.Mourinho won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at United and finished second in the Premier League last season - albeit a record 19 … [Read more...] about Football: Should Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho?