Wednesday 26 June 2019

Special One asks Old Trafford board for public vote of confidence

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline during the match against Newcastle United. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline during the match against Newcastle United. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Jason Burt

Jose Mourinho is seeking the public backing of the Manchester United board this week as his future hangs in the balance.

The manager's position has been strengthened a little by the events of the past few days, with one of the agents of Zinedine Zidane, regarded by many as the favourite to succeed Mourinho, distancing his client.

Alain Migliaccio was quoted in French newspaper 'Journal du Dimanche' as saying: "I don't think he'll go to work in England, as it is not compatible with his style or approach to football. I discussed it with him and the idea really does not attract him at all. He has chosen to take a sabbatical year and won't change his mind on that."

That view tallies with what sources close to Zidane are briefing: that he is unsure about the Premier League, and certainly the prospect of taking over a team mid-season.

United have not sounded out any candidates at present and are hoping that Mourinho (left) can turn things around and remain until at least the end of the season.

Mourinho revealed after Saturday's win over Newcastle that he was reassured by a text from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward telling him to ignore reports that he would be sacked whatever the result.

It is understood that Mourinho wants that reassurance to be made public.

Mourinho's contract runs until June 30, 2020, but there is an acceptance that results need to improve, as does the atmosphere around the club.

United face a tough run of fixtures in a three-week period after the international break, including Chelsea away in the league and back-to-back matches against Juventus in the Champions League.

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