Manchester United have dismissed reports José Mourinho will be sacked this weekend as nonsense. On Friday night, rumours circulated suggesting Mourinho would be removed from his position as United manager regardless of Saturday’s result against Newcastle, reports agencies.
But despite the fact the Red Devils enter that encounter on a run of four matches without a win, the club deny a decision has already been made on Mourinho’s future.
United currently sit 10th in the Premier League table after making their worst start to a league campaign in 29 years and were booed off by their own supporters following a 0-0 draw with Valencia in the Champions League in mid-week. Mourinho has reportedly fallen out with a number of his players, most notably Paul Pogba and Antonio Valencia, and the Portuguese gave a press conference on Friday which lasted just three minutes and 31 seconds.
“Sometimes things are not just in the manager’s hands,” Mourinho said at that press conference when talking about the reasons behind the current malaise.
Speaking on Friday, former United captain Gary Neville expressed his disgust at rumours Mourinho was on the verge of being sacked.
“I hope it’s not true but, if it is true, it’s an absolute disgrace,” Neville told Sky Sports. “The dressing room is leading what’s happening. The tail is wagging the dog.”
However, according to the BBC, Mourinho retains the support of the Old Trafford board and
there is no immediate threat to his position.