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28th Aug 2018

Man United players reportedly believe Jose Mourinho could be sacked within days

Simon Lloyd

Jose Mourinho, you may have heard, is not having the best of times lately

The Manchester United manager saw his side lose 3-0 to Tottenham at Old Trafford on Monday night, eight days after their 3-2 defeat away to Brighton.

With his team already six points off the top of the Premier League, some reports have suggested United may look to replace Mourinho should the team’s form not drastically improve in the near future.

Although a series of reports have suggested the United board have given the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss their backing to continue, the Daily Mail now claims the club’s players and staff believe defeat to Burnley in their next game could see Mourinho sacked.

Chris Wheeler writes that the prospect of Mourinho being dismissed is now being openly discussed at the club’s training complex, with some players even talking about the possibility of him being replaced by Zinedine Zidane.

“They are saying Jose will be gone soon,” a source is quoted as saying on Tuesday night. “Some think he’ll be out if they lose at Burnley. Others can’t see him lasting beyond September.

“We’ve seen this before and it just feels the same. The club will say it’s supporting Jose but we all saw what happened with Louis [van Gaal]. The players are already talking about the possibility of Zidane coming in.”

Elsewhere, it has been reported in The Independent that United have drawn up a list of six names who could potentially replace Mourinho should the club decide to dismiss the 55-year-old. Zidane features on the list, as does Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and France’s World Cup-winning manager, Didier Deschamps.