Jose Mourinho will be gone by Christmas, predicts Lee Sharpe

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"If you were looking at the games that Manchester United have, the first nine, ten games".

Mark Ogden says the current situation at Manchester United is untenable, with a clear disconnect between the players, Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward.

"When I look at the centre-back partnerships that he had at Chelsea, they had power and strength in his teams".

It was expected that United would reinforce in the just-concluded transfer window but the arrivals turned out to be too small for Mourinho's liking.

Manchester United fans have raised questions over Jose Mourinho's transfer activity of late, with a distinct lack of marquee signings being the main cause of concern, but surely a GoFundMe page to raise millions is a little too far. Every manager makes a mistake in selling a player that shouldn't be sold, it comes back to bite them.

"My view would be he has to stay to the very end of that contract and be backed to the end of the contract".

"All I could see was a show of frustration, or something that could also be interpreted as another show of dissent". 'If Ed Woodward was going to doubt Jose Mourinho, then the time to be doubting him was last January.

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'At the moment there is definitely an angst there between the club and Jose.' The former United defender believes Woodward has already let the manager down by not signing a defender before the transfer deadline, despite paying £75million for Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant. "I do think United will finish in the top four", he said.

Competition for wing places for March, who signed a new four-year deal in the summer, is fierce from Anthony Knockaert, new record signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh and the currently injured Jose Izquierdo as Albion now head for another severe test against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday (5.30pm).

But a senior Old Trafford source insisted that Mourinho has the club's full backing and dismissed the Zidane reports, saying: 'Why would we discuss him when there is no job available?'

"There is nothing wrong with being direct but this is Manchester United, arguably the biggest club in the world, playing football that was played by teams from a lower league 30 or 40 years ago", he added.

Brighton´s failure to defend set-pieces cost them in a 2-0 defeat to Watford last weekend and threatened to undo their good work again when Lukaku was left unmarked just five yards out to nod home Luke Shaw´s deflected cross and give United a lifeline.

'Football has changed, ' said Neville. Bereft of creativity, United looked like a team that wasn't interested in getting a positive result for their manager and this, more than anything else, suggests Mourinho could be set for another disastrous third season.

Pep Guardiola's side swept through the Premier League and Mourinho requested more players to challenge the Citizens, despite investing 433 million euros in 11 new players since arriving in 2016.