MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho is feeling the heat at Old Trafford – and it was this week claimed he was set for crunch talks with the club’s top brass.
United have made a stuttering start to the season under the Portuguese, and lie a lowly eighth in the Premier League.
Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are leading the way but Mourinho’s men are seven points off the pace and look unlikely to catch up.
It led to suggestions that the United boss was set to meet with the club’s senior executives yesterday.
However it’s been claimed no such meeting took place.
After rumours of the meeting circulated online on Thursday, BBC reporter Simon Stone offered his take.
He tweeted: “Am told there was no board meeting at Man Utd today.”
Most of United’s players are away from Manchester on international duty.
Although the likes of Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Ashley Young will have been training this week having not been called up by the countries.
Nemanja Matic is also back at the club after being sent home from national duty by Serbia after picking up a knock.
He’s now a big doubt for United’s next match – the tough trip to his and manager Mourinho’s former club Chelsea on October 20.
Luke Shaw is another doubt, with the left-back leaving the England squad.
His place in the side will be taken by Leicester’s Ben Chilwell away to Croatia tonight.
England need to get points on the board in the Nations League after losing to Spain in their opener last month.
Gareth Southgate’s side will be keen on revenge against the hosts, after Croatia knocked them out of the World Cup at the semi-final stage earlier this year.
Three months after meeting at a packed Luzhniki, the nations will face one another at the empty Stadion HNK Rijeka as the hosts complete a UEFA ground ban for having a swastika on the pitch during a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.
“It will be a strange experience,” the England manager said on the eve of the Group A4 meeting. “I guess we effectively do that every day of our lives – we play football in front of a handful of people watching, so it’s not totally unique.