Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Manchester United's Jose Mourinho an 'easy target' for criticism, says Wayne Rooney

Manchester United's Jose Mourinho an 'easy target' for criticism, says Wayne Rooney

Zinedine Zidane is on standby to replace Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager, claims the Sunday Mirror, with the paper reporting that the Frenchman "has been asked to snub all job offers" as the Old Trafford board weigh up Mourinho's future.

The former Real Madrid manager is now unemployed after leaving the La Liga side in the summer following a third consecutive Champions League win, but wants to take a year out before deciding his next club.

"We have some kind of situation with Man United".

Reports at the weekend suggested that the club planned to sack Mourinho regardless of their result against Newcastle United, although United later rejected that speculation.

But Alexis Sanchez capped United's incredible second-half comeback when he rose to meet Ashley Young's cross and head in the winning goal in the final minute of the game.

"I've always thought results can change things", he said.

Paul Pogba has seen his working relationship with Mourinho dominate the headlines, while club captain Antonio Valencia is now paying the price for liking a social media post calling for his manager's head.

"We won the game and we have to be positive and look forward to the next games".

Off-field events have proved to be a distraction at Old Trafford throughout the 2018-19 campaign, with a frustrating summer transfer window having set the tone at the Theatre of Dreams. "I'm not saying they will start challenging City and Liverpool for the title but it gives them some respite".

"At half-time we were losing 2-0 and the fans were magnificent to the team". As loud as the Old Trafford faithful cheered Sanchez's victor, this is still a team that is underperforming to an astonishing degree and while there are many reasons for that - the owners, the board, the players all deserve some blame - no one appears more responsible right now than Mourinho. "It's a pity because, for 70 minutes, the organisation and determination of the team was so good".

But is the victory short-term balm or a turning point in United's season? "They had four attackers and it was hard to defend against a very good team".

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