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Mourinho and his unsettled Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba: they all face Watford test today

Mourinho and his unsettled Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba: they all face Watford test today

Jose Mourinho takes his Manchester United side to high-flying Watford on Saturday knowing they cannot afford another slip-up if they are to stay on the coattails of the Premier League pacesetters.

The match in London will be the last game on Matchday 5 in the league. It will kick-off at 17.30 GMT.

A 2-0 victory against struggling Burnley followed by an international break has taken the heat off the Portuguese manager as he tries to inject momentum into a stuttering start to the season.

Defeat at Watford — who have won all four of their games — would leave United nine points off the lead and their title ambitions in tatters midway through September.

Former United and England defender Gary Neville hopes his old club can still mount a challenge to Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool despite two defeats in four matches.

“If they can stay in it until January and maybe get one or two defenders in, they may have a chance, but I doubt it,” he told the Times newspaper. “I think United will be third or fourth.”

Neville insisted it is far too early to write Mourinho off despite his early-season struggles, which have given rise to the suspicion he is yesterday’s man.

“I think Jose is a brilliant manager, and, in a 25-year career, young managers will emerge, people will ask questions if you aren’t successful,” he added.

“He’s having a more difficult time, but finished? I genuinely think that’s a nonsense.”

Mourinho’s tasks in solving a rift with World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba and his side’s defensive frailties have not gone away in the international break, even if some of his stars showed the richness of the resources at his disposal with their countries.

Romelu Lukaku continued a fine start to his season by netting three times for Belgium and Marcus Rashford scored twice for England, against Spain and Switzerland.

Rashford has struggled for time on the pitch at United this season with Mourinho able to pick from a clutch of attacking options including Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata.

But the United boss will be spared the difficult decision of whether to play Rashford over the next few weeks, with the 20-year-old starting a three-game ban against Watford following a red card in the Burnley match.

Mourinho could be also be without defender Luke Shaw, who suffered a nasty head injury in England’s match against Spain on his return to the national side.

Watford brushed aside Brighton, Burnley and Crystal Palace as they made a perfect start to the season.

But their real statement of intent came in their come-from-behind win against Tottenham that enabled them to keep pace with Liverpool and Chelsea.

Watford boss Javi Gracia, though, warned his side of under-estimating United.

“Nowadays we talk about the coaches a lot more, but they have a great squad, many internationals, recently crowned champions of the world,” said the Spaniard.

“We’ve seen them in all the big international games and we know it is going to be a very difficult game. But we will try to compete in the same way we have done things in the last couple of games.

“I think that as soon as we begin to think the next game is going to be easier for some reason, we are dead… we will pay heavily for any sense of over-confidence against a team like United.”

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Man Utd sack Mourinho after poor start to the season

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Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Manchester United following their disappointing start to the season.

The Red Devils currently sit sixth in the Premier League table but have already lost five times in 17 matches, leaving them 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and 11 off fourth-placed Chelsea in the fight for Champions League places.

That follows a summer transfer window in which Mourinho routinely complained at a lack of signings, with the Portuguese unable to persuade the club’s hierarchy to sign a new centre-back.

Mourinho has continued to drop hints that he remains unhappy at that failure to spend big, and he now leaves after two-and-a-half years in charge at Old Trafford, with his final match in charge Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool.

“Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect,” a statement read.

“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.

“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”

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Manchester United star, Paul Pogba on Monday left Old Trafford to attend a promotional event for Adidas in Paris just a day after the Red Devils were defeated 3-1 by Liverpool in the Premier League encounter, Metro UK reports.

Pogba, who was left out of United’s squad that were defeated by Jurgen Klopp’s men on Sunday, has endured a challenging start to the Premier League season after falling out of favour under manager, Jose Mourinho.

The France international was also stripped of the vice captaincy earlier this campaign and was reportedly labelled a virus following their 2-2 draw with Southampton some weeks ago.

Pogba took to his Instagram page and posed for pictures alongside former Juventus teammate, Paulo Dybala.

The 25-year-old was also seen dabbing in videos with fans.

Commenting on the post one United fan wrote: “Absolutely ridiculous. A day after such defeat and this dude out here dabbing and posing. Says a lot about the club and some individuals.”

Pogba will hope to feature for United when they tackle Cardiff City this weekend in the Premier League.

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Manchester United to sack Mourinho within Christmas

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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, is fighting to save his job as he approaches a critical run of fixtures over the Christmas period.

The manner of United’s capitulation at Liverpool on Sunday, has left Mourinho under huge pressure again, following the club’s worst start to a top-flight season in 28 years, SportsMail reports.

United face Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle over Christmas.

They are four winnable games that could also be a potential banana skin for the 55-year-old.

Mourinho has appeared to be in trouble before this season and survived, but he is now odds-on to become the next Premier League boss to be axed.

Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino are among the leading candidates to replace him, although assistant coach Michael Carrick would be a popular choice to step in as caretaker manager.

It’s understood that United would have to pay Mourinho one year’s salary of £18million to get rid of him and up to £22.5m if he is still in the Champions League or in contention for a top-four place.

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