Mourinho could be axed by Man Utd next week, claims Italian source

Date published: Thursday 18th October 2018 12:31

An Italian journalist believes Jose Mourinho could be sacked before next week’s Champions League date with Juventus.

The Manchester United boss is under fire after a less than spectacular start to the season has seen them lose already to Tottenham, Derby, West Ham and Brighton.

Mourinho’s relationship with some of his players, namely Paul Pogba, is also under scrutiny and a trip to Stamford Bridge to face joint-Premier League leaders Chelsea awaits on Saturday.

And just two weeks after the Daily Mirror claimed Mourinho would get the sack regardless of the result against Newcastle, Sky Italia journalist Federico Zancan says Mourinho could be gone next week if United lose heavily to Maurizio Sarri’s men.

According to quotes in the Daily Express, Zancan said: “The victory against Newcastle has hidden them from the problems, but this Saturday at Stamford Bridge ( against Chelsea ) is a serious game and then there will be the one in the Champions League against Juventus.

“Exoneration before Juventus would take a very heavy defeat. The relationships are not solid with the company and some other negative result could also lead to the removal of Mourinho even if at this moment it is difficult to think of such fast timings.

“It must be said that United are pretty far behind in the league and has not yet faced any big team in Premier League except Tottenham who won 3-0 at Old Trafford.

“These close encounters that will define the season and career at Old Trafford by Mourinho are very important. ”

Earlier this month the Mirror’s report claimed: “Jose Mourinho has lost the confidence of the Manchester United board and is set to be sacked this weekend.

“Senior United sources have told Mirror Football he has reached the point of no return, with the axe ready to fall whatever the ­outcome of Saturday’s match against Newcastle.”

That ultimately proved incorrect as United recovered from 2-0 down to win 3-2. It remains to be seen how accurate this latest report out of Italy proves, but if journalists continue to speculate over his sacking one of them is sensationally going to hit the nail on the head sooner or later.


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