Jose Mourinho: Would sacking Man Utd manager be justified?
The Premier League weekend before the international break was dominated by talk Jose Mourinho was about to lose his job as Manchester United manager.
According to one national newspaper, the Portuguese’s time at the club would come to an end regardless of the result against Newcastle on 6 October.
Even after United staged a remarkable late comeback at Old Trafford to win 3-2 – having trailed 2-0 after 10 minutes – callers to BBC 606 were split over whether Mourinho should keep his job.
Afterwards, the Portuguese said he could cope with the “manhunt” against him and reiterated that the contract given to him by the club ran until 2020.
So would United be justified in ending his two-and-a-bit-year tenure, or is he being judged too harshly?
As Mourinho prepares to face former club Chelsea on Saturday, we take a look at the facts…
Is Mourinho’s record that bad?
Well, he has a better win ratio at United than Sir Alex Ferguson, who is the most successful manager in the history of British football.
|Man Utd managers from Ferguson onwards (all competitions)|
|Jose Mourinho||Sir Alex Ferguson||David Moyes||Louis van Gaal|
With 20 major trophies to his name – won in four different countries – the 55-year-old is justifiably portrayed (often by himself!) as a serial winner.
He has claimed two major trophies at Old Trafford – the League Cup and Europa League, both in his debut season – and never finished lower than sixth in the Premier League, coming second in 2017-18.
There has been a dip in form this term, with three league defeats in the first eight games and elimination from the League Cup at the hands of Championship side Derby.
|Mourinho’s seasons at Manchester United|
|Points per game||1.82||2.13||1.25|
|Trophies won||League Cup, Europa League||None||–|
However, after a frustrating summer in which he failed to land key transfer targets, Mourinho did warn of difficult times to come in 2018-19 – and he still has three-quarters of the season in which to turn things around.