The three reasons why Manchester United will not sack Jose Mourinho – yet

Sacking Jose Mourinho is not on Manchester United’s agenda – yet.

And the message for Mourinho from the top at Old Trafford is simple – you’re the manager so carry on.

Ed Woodward, the executive vice-president and hirer and firer, is under zero pressure from the American-based Glazer family who own United to dump Mourinho after two defeats in their first three Premier League games.

Woodward and the United board believe results will improve and are looking for a win at Burnley to take the sting out of the early season uproar over the poor start.

United’s hierarchy consider it far too soon to be questioning Mourinho’s future at the club – especially after handing him a contract extension to 2020 last January.

And senior figures point to other factors as to why Mourinho isn’t in any imminent danger:

  • The lack of an obvious replacement with Zindedine Zidane not unanimously viewed as the top choice inside the club.
  • Woodward wants to see how far United go in the Champions League Group stage before making any decisions.
  • The boardroom believe Mourinho deserves their support after improving the club’s performance in his two years at the club so far.

Mournho is desperate for a win at Burnley today with United’s top four rivals Manchester City , Liverpool , Chelsea and Tottenham all starting the season strongly.

Says a United insider: “Jose isn’t on thin ice yet. The start to the season has been disappointing but he’s going to be given time to turn it around.

“The mood in the dressing room is still positive and Ed Woodward was at the training ground at Carrington last week and didn’t have any issues with the atmosphere around the camp.

“He knows Jose has taken a couple of pops at him and the club over the summer transfer market but that kind of stuff doesn’t bother Ed – he doesn’t take any of that to heart.

“And he certainly wouldn’t sack Mourinho for being frustrated at not getting the players he wanted.

“Everyone knows the key to improving the current situation is getting a few wins and no-one believes that isn’t possible with the quality in the squad.

“If that was in doubt the situation would be different. There are 35 games to go and there’s optimism that results will improve.”

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