Saturday’s dramatic win over Newcastle may have bought Mourinho more time at Manchester United but how much time does he really have left?
As many as ten Manchester United players are reportedly dissatisfied with the controversial manager’s reign at the club and could head for the exit should Jose Mourinho continue in charge as manager.
The former Chelsea manager is known to have experienced third season blues at previous clubs including Chelsea and now in his third-season at Manchester United, the legend continues to live on.
A host of Manchester United stars including Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Anthony Martial have reportedly indicated they could seek to leave the club should the Portuguese remain as Manchester United manager.
Paul Pogba is desperate to leave Old Trafford as his relationship with Mourinho has turned sour and with Barcelona and former club Juventus among clubs said to be courting the French midfielder, he may be keen to reconsider his options should or should not Mourinho remain in charge.
The case with Martial and De Gea is more complicated for the club as both players are currently playing out the final year of their existing contracts. The former has endured a torrid spell with the Red Devils since an impressive debut campaign and is believed to be willing to discuss terms for a new deal only if Mourinho leaves the club.
De Gea is reluctant to commit his prime years to the club with concerns about United’s ability to land a major trophy. The Spaniard is desperate to add a major trophy to his collection having won an FA Cup, three FA Community Shields, one EFL Cup and an Europa League title since winning his first and only Premier League title till date in the 2012/2013 season.
The Spaniard has continued to impress for the Red Devils even winning the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award in four of the five previous seasons but as things stand, he might be considering a move to a club where major silverware is guaranteed.
Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia is said to be among players who could leave the club should Mourinho remain in charge, with him are; Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young and Phil Jones.
Valencia who has since apologised for liking an Instagram post that called for Mourinho to be sacked was left out of the squad for the Newcastle game with Ashley Young featuring at right-back.
Eric Bailly has found starts hard to come by this season with Mourinho preferring a centre-back pairing of Chris Smalling and Victor Lindeof. The ivorian centre-back started against Newcastle but was withdrawn in favour of Juan Mata after just 18 minutes with the visitors already two goals up.
According to reports, Luke Shaw still has his manager’s criticism over the past two seasons at the back of his mind and might be unwilling to play under the Portuguese beyond the current season despite telling ESPN FC he felt his manager was right for the poor treatment.
Shaw has witnessed a resurgence in form this season and United are prepared to open talks with the left-back as his contract expires at the end of the season.
Spanish duo Juan Mata and Ander Herrera have been left on the fringes of the United squad with the signing of Fred and the emergence of Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay.
As their involvement with the first-team has reduced overtime, it might be time for both players to move elsewhere in search of regular football with both players’ contracts expiring at the end of the season.
Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia are other club stars who are in the last year of their existing contracts although the club holds a contract extension option on the latter duo.
The Manchester United management have at least till January to solve whatever rancour exists within the team as even a strong run of results might not do well in changing some of the players’ desire to see Mourinho leave.
If the manager continues to fallout with his stars while the club continues to struggle, then the players might not need to wait long before the club rids itself of the controversial manager.