By James Gray
LONDON, Mourinho is in his third season at Old Trafford but is under pressure after overseeing the club’s worst start to a Premier League season in 26 years.
The defeat to Champions League rivals Tottenham last night, a 3-0 hammering at Old Trafford, was the Portuguese manager’s worst home result in management and chants of “you’re getting sacked in the morning” rang around the stadium from the jubilant visiting supporters.
But Mourinho defended his record as a three-time Premier League winner afterwards before storming out of his post-match press conference.
And Willie Morgan, who played more than 200 times for the club in the 1960s and 1970s, does not believe he will be sacked by the United board, rather that he will go of his own accord.
“He didn’t play great football when he was at Chelsea – but they won,” Morgan told Love Sport Radio’s Comedy Breakfast Show with Ian Stone.
“We’re doing neither now – not playing great football and we’re not winning.
“I think he’ll walk. I don’t think he’ll get sacked. For him, it’s pride.
“It must be heartbreaking for him, but he’s the cause of it. He’s picking the team. And he’s a very proud guy. He wants to do well, obviously.
“But it’s just not happening. There’s a lack of talent – the midfield’s a joke. And that’s your engine.
“You can say – ok, the defence isn’t good, up front they’re not scoring.
“But the midfield’s the engine – and our midfield is non-existent. People just walk through us. You’ve got to start there.
“With the players he’s got he’s going to have a lot of problems.
“There is no one to bring in apart from [Marcus] Rashford and [Anthony] Martial: they’d be in my team every week.
“If Jose’s got another 30 years he might turn it around.”
Mourinho is unlikely to remain at the club anywhere near that long.
His previous longest stint at a club was his first spell at Chelsea, just over three years that ended in 2007 after a reported rift with owner Roman Abramovich.
This time around, United’s problems started before Mourinho’s third season as the club endured a disastrous pre-season tour, winning just one of their six warm-up matches and losing 4-1 to Liverpool in front of more than 100,000 people in Michigan.
And the former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss has already reportedly fallen out with United chief Ed Woodward over transfer policy this summer.
But Morgan believes the talent is already there at the club, but it is being left sitting on the bench.
“For the supporters it’s heartbreaking, just heartbreaking because they’ve got nothing,” Morgan added.
“They’ve got two great kids, Martial and Rashford and they’re sat on the bench, no one knows why, I don’t know why he doesn’t like them, I don’t know why he doesn’t play them. At least they go forward.
“Watching it last night it was like Hammer House of Horror. It’s heartbreaking.
“I even had to open a bottle of red wine it was that bad.
“I don’t know what he is going to do, they don’t seem to have any formation, they’re just all over the place. The midfield is a joke.
“At the back, thank God they’ve got [David] De Gea, because without him they would get beat every game and I feel so sorry for him.
“They’ve got no defence, no midfield and they’ve not got too much up front either!”
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