Jose Mourinho 'set to be sacked' as Manchester United manager this weekend

The Portuguese coach is under increasing pressure after a run of bad results

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to be sacked from the position this weekend regardless of the club's result against Newcastle United, according to a report in The Mirror.

Mourinho has alienated players, fans and staff alike this season - he has been at loggerheads for weeks with World Cup victor Paul Pogba - and it seems the United board, led by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, now want to make a change.

United face Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday having won only four of their first 10 games in all competitions.

Zinedine Zidane is the clear favourite to replace him.

Glazers are known to support managers at the club until things go completely out of hand.

Poor performances have been compounded by off-field problems during an uncomfortable start to the season at Old Trafford, with the relationship between Mourinho and record signing Paul Pogba creating unwanted headlines. "For me, one win will change the atmosphere around the club".

United finished second in the league last season and reached the FA Cup final, but despite finishing 19 points behind champions City and losing to Chelsea at Wembley Mourinho believes they over-performed.

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But, once again, Mourinho said this would be a "difficult season" - a tune he has been singing since the pre-season tour of the United States.

"I've been told I'm not allowed", Pogba said in the mixed zone to reporters when asked to comment about the scenario the club finds itself in.

If you're a player like Pellegrini, who will continue to attract attention from other clubs, why United?

This season alone the Portuguese manager has taken shots at senior officials at the club, for not backing him in the transfer market, fans, for not being loud enough, and players, for all sorts of reasons.

"The people overseeing the football operations are nowhere near good enough".

Manchester United´s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho attends a training session at the Carrington Training complex in Manchester, north west England on October 1, 2018, ahead of their Champions League group H football match against Valencia on October 2.

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