Manchester United have not had the best start to the 2018/19 Premier League season. As we go into the international break the Red Devils sit tenth in the table, although at least ended on a high with a 0-2 reverse of struggling Burnley. And it's the team manager who is getting most of the attention.
The hard-fought victory over Leicester City on the opening day and that against the aforementioned Clarets, top and tailed two significant losses. Defeat away to Brighton followed by a 0-3 home embarrassment at the hands of Tottenham had José Mourinho pulling out a few of his defensive moves with the press. Reminding the gathered media how good he used to be - along the lines of "I've won more titles in the English league than the other 19 coaches put together" - and demanding respect have been two such outburts.
Mourinho has also pointed to the lack of backing from his board in the transfer market although, while this may hold some water when looking to compete over a season for the major titles, it's a little sive-like when being completely outplayed by a small-budget outfit like Brighton.
Mou money, Mou money
Despite the apparent pressure, though, including many fans calling for a change due to the negative style of play, the Portuguese coach is calm about his position at the club. He says that it would be very unlikely that his paymasters at Old Trafford would weild the metaphorical axe, regardless of the results he achieves in the short term.
Speaking with Italian newspaper La Reppublica he said:
"They say I'm in danger but I don't think so. Do you have any idea how much money they would have to pay me if they fired me?"
So, Mourinho, who receives an annual salary of 16.6 million euros, is under the assumption that this additional guarantee will give him plenty of time to turn the situation on the field around before Ed Woodward considers taking any action. Uefa's Nations League competition may have come at the perfect time for José, giving him a time to reflect, compose, and reignite his troops. Next up, an away trip to four-wins-out-of-four Watford.