Date: 21st August 2018 at 11:49am
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Jamie Carragher admits Jose Mourinho could be sacked as Manchester United manager this season, should their underwhelming start to the season continue.

The Liverpool legend, 40, has questioned whether the ‘Special One’ will remain as Red Devils boss for the entirety of the 2018-19 season following Sunday’s disappointing 3-2 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Mourinho endured a frustrating summer at Old Trafford, failing to add to his first-team squad significantly, and missed out on top defensive targets as the club failed to back him in the transfer window.

After his transfer troubles and the beating at Brighton at the weekend, ex-Liverpool centre-back Carragher said on Monday Night Football, “I’m not jumping to a knee-jerk reaction because Manchester United lost a game away from home.

“But after what’s happened in the summer, if performances like that continue, I don’t think Jose Mourinho will be the manager of Manchester United next season – he may not be manager at some time this season.

“There will be coaches up and down the country looking at what Mourinho said in the summer about bringing players in, a centre-back.

“[Of the four they have] Jose has spent £30m on two of them and two are England internationals in Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

“Some may say he should coach them, that’d be right, but not with Mourinho.

“Mourinho is a manager for today, not tomorrow. Ed Woodward knew that when he brought him in because Manchester United messed up with two appointments beforehand.

“The Manchester United traditions have gone out of the window, when you get Mourinho it’s all about winning right now; that’s why he’s bought Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez, Nemanja Matic and is looking at centre-halves who are 29, 30.

“You cannot pull the plug on him and say ‘we’re going to go the Manchester United way again’ or start buying young players.

“If you’re going to do that you might as well get rid of him.”

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Carragher continued, “They should have backed him because no one’s enjoying that; Mourinho, the fans in the stands watching the centre-backs perform like they did at Brighton.

“They cannot have that for the rest of the season.

“So that’s why he should’ve been backed and why he’s slightly different from other people.

“His record deserves that you have to back him in that position, you knew that when came that he wasn’t a traditional Manchester United manager.”

Mourinho’s Manchester United face Tottenham Hotspur next in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Monday night (20:00).

Written by Dan Church

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