Jose Mourinho 'immediate sacking' rumours dismissed by Manchester United

Dean Simpson
October 16, 2018

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho received a private show of support from one Old Trafford chief after victory over Newcastle with a hug from Richard Arnold in the tunnel, sources have told ESPN FC.

Former Manchester United star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that the club's boss, Jose Mourinho, is a born victor, adding that he is confident the manager can transform United's fortunes despite a dismal start to the campaign. I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up.

They are great supporters at Manchester United - they haven't really turned on the manager or the players too much as it hasn't been good enough, nowhere near good enough for Manchester United - the results and the football being played. "It (the poor run of form) is a bit of everything coming together but Jose is an easy target".

Magpies midfielder Matt Ritchie said: "Us as players are the only people who can get us out of this".

United sit eighth in the Premier League table at the worldwide break, with thirteen points from eight games.

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is ready for the big tests ahead after helping Mourinho's side to a win over Newcastle.

The pressure on the Portuguese manager continues to rise but his former forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists that Mourinho is still the right man for the job.

United's transfer bill is likely to grow even larger if Mourinho stays, and not just because the boss wants new players. I think we all feel for managers as they are the ones in the spotlight and deal with all the criticism. But United, as they did with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, allow themselves to get caught in a fog of confusion and make a mess of things before finding themselves on the back foot when they need to take the initiative.

"Personally I think he set us up brilliantly, but we didn't produce on the pitch".

United's failure to sign Perisic led to Alexis Sanchez's arrival at Old Trafford and the Red Devils made the Chilean the highest paid player in their history to tempt him from Arsenal.

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