It was only a couple of weeks ago that some reports suggested Jose Mourinho was on the brink of the sack at Manchester United, however, after a victory over Newcastle and a draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea, the man from Portugal now looks to be steadying the ship with his side.
Here are five reasons Mourinho looks to still have a future with United.
Team Showing Fight
Jose and Manchester United fans will be very encouraged by what they have seen in the last 135 minutes of football which will suggest to them that their team has the fight in them to get out of this mess they are currently in at the start of the 2018/19 campaign. Against Newcastle, United were 2-0 down but they came back in the second half to win 3-2, while against Chelsea at the Bridge, they were just seconds away from pulling off a big upset against the unbeaten Blues.
United Can’t Keep Sacking Managers
Jose is the third manager United have appointed since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013. David Moyes lasted only nine months in charge at Old Trafford, while Louis van Gaal was dismissed after just short of two years at the club. The United board will be weary of sacking a third manager in such a short space of time so you would have to feel they will give Jose as much time as they can to turn the season around.
Jose Locked Into a Contract United 2020
Without stating the obvious, sacking Jose will be very expensive for Manchester United. They locked their manager down to an improved contract earlier this year which sees him through to 2020, with the option of an extra year. Jose is one of the highest paid managers in the world therefore to pay him out of his contract for the next two years will be extremely costly. Instead they will hope he can turn them around and help them qualifying into the Champions League at the very least this season where they are in the soccer betting at 5/2 for a top four finish.
No Obvious Candidates To Replace Him
The board will be fully aware that there isn’t an obvious candidate to replace Jose at Manchester United. Zinedine Zidane is many bookmakers’ favourite to be the next manager at Old Trafford and although his record at Real Madrid, where he won three Champions League trophies, has to be respected, he still remains relatively inexperienced in the dugout therefore that would be a risk. With no obviously replacement out of work, that can only help Jose’s chances of surviving.
Jose’s Record Of Success
Although this is one of Jose’s most difficult periods as a football manager, his record speaks for itself. Mourinho has won three Premier League titles in England, two Champions Leagues and host of other domestic trophies. To let go of someone of that calibre may be stupid so instead of looking to fire their man, United may be planning to back him again in the January transfer window.
United have a tough fixture list ahead in November with the Manchester Derby at the Etihad Stadium the pick of the games on November 11.