After falling to defeat to Tottenham on Monday night, further question marks will naturally be raised over Jose Mourinho and Man Utd.
Back-to-back losses have already left them off the pace of their Premier League title rivals after just three games, with the pressure building to ensure that they don’t suffer any further slip-ups.
As noted by The Independent, the Portuguese tactician’s post-match press conference arguably showcased a man feeling that pressure, but an upturn in results will undoubtedly help relieve it and start moving the club in the right direction.
According to Paul Hirst of The Times, the Red Devils will stick by their current boss and haven’t initiated talks with other candidates, although one crucial sentence sticks out in his report.
It’s claimed that former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane would welcome the opportunity to explore becoming Mourinho’s successor at Old Trafford, and so it would appear as though the Frenchman will be on standby if the situation develops further in the coming weeks.
United face Burnley on Sunday and a win over Sean Dyche’s men will certainly quieten the detractors in the more immediate future, but it remains to be seen if Mourinho can consistently get the best out of his players to avoid falling under further pressure.
As for Zidane, he departed Madrid at the end of last season after a trophy-laden spell in charge of the Spanish giants which saw him collect a La Liga title, three consecutive Champions League trophies and two FIFA Club World Cups among many others all in the space of two and a half years.
Perhaps with the attacking flair as a coach to get the best out of a talented group, he could be seen as an ideal appointment having also now gained crucial experience at the highest level.
Nevertheless, the reports above insist that United continue to back Mourinho, but for how long is the question if results don’t improve.