MANCHESTER UNITED have told manager Jose Mourinho they don’t want to sack him – but insist results must get better.
United have made a stuttering start to the season and currently lie a lowly eighth in the Premier League table.
Mourinho has come under-fire after a series of poor displays domestically and in Europe.
It’s led to claims the Portuguese has held crunch talks over the state of the team with chief executive Ed Woodward.
And journalist Duncan Castles has now revealed what took place in a meeting between the two earlier this month.
Speaking on the latest episode of The Transfer Window podcast last Tuesday, Castles said: “It was reported on Saturday (October 6) there was a meeting between Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes and Woodward on Friday (October 5).
“What came across was that Manchester United did not want to sack Mourinho at this stage.
“That the noise was coming from outside not inside, that they still believed in him, that they still felt he had been successful in his first and second seasons and were not looking to sack him.
“It’s been made clear to Mourinho that results have to change, but it wasn’t a dismissal point.”
United beat Newcastle in their final match before the international break.
The Manchester giants were 2-0 down and looking doomed to another defeat.
But they mounted a stunning second-half comeback to win 3-2 at Old Trafford.
United return to action with a tough trip to joint-leaders Chelsea on Saturday.
The Blues are unbeaten so far under new manager Maurizio Sarri, and are level on points with champions Manchester City and Liverpool.