Another week and more problems at Old Trafford for manager Jose Mourinho. Now he’s odds-on to be leaving Manchester United by Christmas Day.
The weekend saw United held to a home draw by newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers. Days later after more criticism of his players, Mourinho took the captaincy away from Paul Pogba over concerns about his attitude. Worse was to come when his team were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Championship side Derby County.
United played a weakened side in that cup tie, but still went 1-0 up in the first half. The second 45 minutes wasn’t so enjoyable though, with Derby equalizing, United goalie Sergio Romero was sent off and then the visitors took the lead. Only a 95th minute Fellaini goal earned them a draw. However, they lost the penalty shoot-out 8-7 to exit the competition they won two seasons ago.
Now the odds on Mourinho leaving the club by Christmas Day have shortened again. Ladbrokes have him at 4/7 to wake up on Christmas Day as the former manager of Manchester United. Even if he survives till December 25th the odds on him leaving before the end of the season are just 2/7.
Mourinho has been accused by former Arsenal defender Martin Keown of being “at war with his players” The United boss is now 3/1 favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his club. If you believe his days really are numbered, then the odds on him leaving United before this weekend and Saturday’s trip to West Ham United, then you can get 8/1.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It’s hardly the start to a season United fans will have wanted and with tensions continuing to rise at Old Trafford, we don’t think it’ll be long until Jose’s given the boot.”
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