Manchester United are refusing to panic about their current slump and the club’s hierarchy believe Jose Mourinho remains the best man for the job at Old Trafford, claims a report on Wednesday.
The United manager is wrestling with his first crisis just seven games into his reign at Old Trafford with a run of three successive defeats bringing about unexpected early pressure on the Portuguese coach.
But amid reports Mourinho blames Louis van Gaal’s legacy for the club’s current struggles, the Independent claims the club remains fully supportive of the manager and also have no issue with his potential to bring conflict and controversy.
The paper writes:
‘United have no concerns about the Portuguese’s temperament and have been hugely impressed already with Mourinho’s capacity to motivate in the same way that Sir Alex Ferguson did. Though his incendiary nature was one of the principal reasons why Barcelona preferred Pep Guardiola as manager in 2008, an uncompromising stance characterised Ferguson’s approach to management, too.
‘Mourinho is not seen as any different with his ability to circle the wagons.
‘Mourinho has been appreciated by many of his players over the years for acting as a protective shield when there is criticism for players and this is what United see in him far more than they did his predecessor Louis van Gaal. It is understood that Zlatan Ibrahimovich is proving to be an individual in the same mould – a hugely influential dressing room figure already.’
However, the paper claims the United hierarchy are keen to avoid an embarrassing League Cup exit at Northampton and continued:
‘The test will come if United head into Saturday’s game with anything less than a win against Northampton, though.
‘There are echoes of Van Gaal’s first season when United headed to Milton Keynes, 20 miles south of tonight’s venue, after a faltering start and in need of a win. They lost 4-0 to MK Dons in the League Cup tie which first suggested van Gaal might not have all the answers.’