Manchester: Manchester United are continuing to back Jose Mourinho despite the 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, with the board encouraged by the side’s first-half display against Mauricio Pochettino’s team in particular.
United suffered a second consecutive defeat with Monday night’s reverse at Old Trafford. However, Mourinho’s team were bright before the interval as the manager sent out a new 3-3-3-1 shape that had Ander Herrera in a fresh role as the right-sided centre-back.
Although the game remained goalless at half-time, United had created several chances, with Romelu Lukaku missing one clear opportunity to score.
Following the dismal capitulation at Brighton & Hove Albion in the previous game, the response engendered by Mourinho impressed the executive, it is understood, and there is no move to even consider his future as manager.
The Portuguese takes his team to Burnley on Sunday before the international break and unless there is a defeat of an alarming nature Mourinho is unlikely to be sacked before the visit of Watford on 15 September.
Luke Shaw was one of United’s best performers and was congratulated by Mourinho at final whistle.
“I don’t really care about my performance, I care more about the result and the team,” Shaw told MUTV. “It is a sad night for us. We have just got to pick ourselves back up, keep working hard and we need to pick up points, especially after two losses.
“We need to win and win in a good way because we played really well in the first half and if we keep playing like that, and take our chances, then we will win games.”
Meanwhile, former defender Gary Neville has said United must stick with Mourinho
“We saw Louis van Gaal sacked after an FA Cup final victory, we saw David Moyes sacked with four games to go of a season, so we are no longer talking about a club that is behaving as it has historically done,” he told Sky Sports.
“I accept these are different times and I accept the difficulties and challenges, but my honest view as I stand here now is that Ed Woodward gave him a contract last season ... he should see that contract through to the end and do the job.
“You can’t keep jumping around with managers.”