Jose Mourinho Explains Away Early Arrival Amid Claims Of Being Sacked

Tyler Owen
October 7, 2018

The game came amid media reports of Mourinho's future being on the line, with one paper saying he would be fired this weekend regardless of the Newcastle result - a claim denied by the club.

"I will say", Neville continued, "there is something rotten to the core about the way the club is operating and it has to be coming from the top".

Manchester United's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the team's third goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcastle at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 6, 2018.

Neville was enraged about the suggestion Mourinho will be forced to lead out his team at Old Trafford knowing his days in the job are numbered, accusing the United hierarchy of "playing Football Manager with the biggest club in the world".

"I think he is a good boy", Mourinho said.

Following a start to the Premier League that has seen them drop points against Brighton, Wolves and West Ham, the pressure is firmly on Jose Mourinho ahead of their upcoming match against Newcastle United.

Man United will be hoping to dispatch with Benitez's men, if only to quell talk of this season's derailment with less than the first fifth of the full fixture list out of the way.

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The key thing I look for when a manager is said to be in peril is whether the players are on his side.

This week Mourinho told his players that the badge on the front of the shirt is as important as the name of the back, having expressed his concern that some care about United's issues more than others.

"The board has not backed Jose Mourinho either, though".

Yes, he lost his way at Arsenal towards the end, but that should in no way overshadow the fact that he changed the whole ethos of the club, from the development and trust in his younger players to the eye-catching and attractive brand of football he brought to the Gunners.

But despite Woodward praising Mourinho's credentials during a recent conference call to the club's investors, the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager has grown increasingly frustrated by what he perceives to be a lack of credible, public backing from his bosses. It's my life, it's a life I love, it's a life I worked since I was a kid. To be honest I'm furious. A better team would have picked United off and buried them to make any comeback impossible.

"It was very hard to stop them playing".

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