MANCHESTER UNITED chief Ed Woodward could end the day looking for a Jose Mourinho replacement with a crunch meeting set to determine the managers fate.
Manchester United, despite their 3-2 win over Newcastle on Saturday, are a club in crisis.
Long gone are the days where the club would repeatedly challenge for the Premier League title. While there was once Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill, there is now just Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward.
And this Manchester United double act isn’t working. It’s more Jekyll and Hyde than Bonnie and Clyde.
Today will now be key to the future of Mourinho. Newcastle provided respite but that, it seems, may be it.
Woodward is stalling on the axe. Reports leaked on Friday claiming Jose Mourinho’s head would roll regardless of the result against Newcastle.
Zinedine Zidane, out of work since leaving Real Madrid, is Woodward’s No 1 choice to come in.
However, it seems it’s rather tricky to sack a manager where fans sing his name with such vigour. Or one who oversaw a 3-2 victory as thrilling as it was erratic.
Mourinho and Woodward sit down for showdown talks today. And the worst case scenario would see the club looking for another new manager.
Mourinho wants to stay. He has always insisted that, despite his sulky demeanour, he has the stomach for the fight.
But he wants demands met.
The United boss wants financial backing in the transfer market – something he feels he is entitled to.
Because the Red Devils’ summer mishaps have set them back. He wanted five signings, but the club delivered just three. Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant.
Grant, No 3 goalkeeper, was most likely not on the list in the first place.
Mourinho reportedly wants two defenders as a show of faith. With Manchester City and Liverpool forking out around him, he feels it’s United’s time to step up.
Alessio Romagnoli and Milan Skriniar, of AC Milan and Inter Milan, are the players he wants.
It is thought that Woodward will need to agree to Mourinho’s requests to provide harmony at United.
But with a number of players turning on the Red Devils boss, a sacking today cannot be ruled out.
And, should that happen, then Zidane is the club’s No 1 choice to replace him.