Ed Woodward is questioning Jose Mourinho’s future, with the Manchester United executive vice-chairman hesitant to boot out the manager but fearful his hand could be forced against his will if the club’s season continues to go downhill. The manager is about to face a big week after a catastrophic defeat against number 14 team on the Premier League, West Ham United. Defender Luke Shaw even described the match as “horrendous” and “awful”, added to the pressure ahead of the Champions League game against Valencia CF on Tuesday and their next 2018/19 Premier League season match facing Newcastle United four days later.
Old Trafford staff are convinced that it is a case of when, not if, Mourinho is taken out of the picture and is though Zinedine Zidane, who is now a free agent after stepping down as the head coach of Real Madrid.
Both Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba have both taken to the media in their fight to establish authority over the Old Trafford dressing room over the past few weeks, and United are in a real crisis of turning a bad start into an all-out meltdown with defeat this week.
This would leave United winless in four games and crucially with a tougher mountain to climb ahead of them in the Champions League.
They have to perform at their best to prevent the season from falling apart, and there is no better way to silence the critics than winning against Valencia CF, and the Spanish side will surely put up a fight.
The £89.3 million pound midfielder, Pogba, showed resilience against their previous Champions League match against Young Boys and can have a similar influence against the La Liga club.
Meanwhile, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, and Victor Lindelof may have their ups and downs on the pitch, but they are central defenders by trade and Mourinho does inflict damage on his team by undermining his center-backs.
Lastly, Mourinho could do worse than putting his trust in his talented attacking players to have freedom pushing forward. Belgium international Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford can score goals given the chance, and goals are what separates United from the best now.