We’re in the midst of an international break, the third of the season so far.
I could discuss the merits and pitfalls of these cursed international breaks but, instead, I thought I’d focus on something else instead, namely, the future of Jose Mourinho as our manager.
Manchester United, as you are probably aware, haven’t had the best of starts to the season.
Currently, we’re a huge 12 points behind the leaders, our neighbours Manchester City and we languish in eighth place in the Premier League table.
The pressure is increasing for Jose Mourinho to engineer an upturn in form and guide the club to a higher place in the table, high enough to qualify for the Champions League next season, whilst also bringing some silverware to Old Trafford.
It’s a tall order but one that has to be satisfied or, according to the tabloid source, the Sun, Mourinho will pay the ultimate price and be axed.
Now, to me, our referenced source is stating the obvious.
A club of our size cannot afford to be on the periphery of qualification for the Champions League, we all saw how long it took Liverpool after they’d failed to qualify for it at the climax of one season to get a foothold back into the competition.
The financial rewards alone make it a necessity, not a nice to have, therefore, I’m probably alone in accepting that the price of failure for Mourinho isn’t negotiable, he’ll be axed by the board.
But, then, we’d be going back down that old road of who would succeed Mourinho!
Things were never this complicated when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge, were they?