Mourinho’s future at United: The Manchester United board has reportedly taken the decision on the future of the manager.
Manchester United suffered a horrific 3-1 loss at Anfield as the players looked all over the place against a fiery Liverpool attack.
Sadio Mane scored the first goal, while super sub Xherdan Shaqiri scored a quick-fire brace to ensure three points for Liverpool at Anfield.
Manchester United scored their only goal of the game through Jesse Lingard, as he took advantage of the howler by Alisson.
Jose Mourinho, in the post-match media interaction, admitted that Liverpool played with more intensity and are stronger than his team, but insisted that Manchester United can still reach the top-4.
There have been calls to sack the manager following a crushing loss at Anfield, and United’s board has reportedly taken the decision.
Mourinho’s future at United:
According to Mirror, the Manchester United board have taken the decision on Jose Mourinho’s future at the club.
The board is willing to give Mourinho more time, according to the report. Manchester United have been drawn with Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League, and the report claims that the board is unwilling to sack the manager midway through the season.
José Mourinho is safe as United manager for the immediate future. Business will go on as usual at the club. #mufc [Guardian]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) December 17, 2018
The board is reluctant to hand over the managerial bench to Michael Carrick until the end of the season due to his inexperience, and is eyeing Mauricio Pochettino for the Manchester United job.
The interest in Zinedine Zidane has also cooled down, according to the report, despite the Frenchman winning three consecutive Champions League titles with the club.
First leg (H): 12/13 or 19/20 February 2019
Second leg (A): 5/6 or 12/13 March 2019 pic.twitter.com/N6cNznn2FK
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 17, 2018
Manchester United are currently 6th in the Premier League, and are already 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool. The side is also 11 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, and squandered away the chance to bridge the gap with Arsenal to five points with the loss at Anfield last night.
Gary Neville: “I think it will happen (Mourinho sacked) – my preference would always be to get to the end of the season, but the board room is so naive it’s unbelievable.” #mulive [sky]
— utdreport (@utdreport) December 17, 2018
Against the top-five of the Premier League this season, Manchester United have only scored 2 points, with draws against Chelsea and Arsenal. Moreover, only Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were among the goalscorers against the top-five sides of the league.
“According to a Portuguese newspaper someone (Mourinho) said that a player like me is at the end of his career. I completely agree! My question for that newspaper: in the case of coaches, when and at what point do you see that they are at the end of theirs?”
– Iker Casillas 😳😳 pic.twitter.com/m0rZO66n7T
— kwiff (@KwiffOfficial) December 17, 2018
Manchester United will return to action on December 22 as they take on Cardiff City in the Premier League. The side is drawn with French champions PSG in the Champions League’s round of 16, and will play the first leg at Old Trafford.