The third season syndrome which has trailed Jose Mourinho’s coaching career may see him losing his job at Manchester United this Saturday.

Even before the season opened in August, Mourinho had had running battles with the management of the club as well as the players.

Poor results have not also helped matters. He prior to the season’s opener complained of not having the type of players he wanted.

Such statement may have pitched the players against him. The most disagreement with the coach has been that of Paul Pogba.

According to Daily Express, Paul Ince believes that this weekend’s fixture may be the decider of Mourinho’s fate, especially his relationship with the players.

“Yes, there might be a couple of players who are trying – but you need the whole team to be contributing. It looks to me as though they’re not interested in playing for Jose Mourinho anymore.

“When I played for the club, I saw it as an honour and although I didn’t always play well, no one could ever accuse me of not putting the work in.

“What I find disappointing is those players are happy for Mourinho to take the blame.

They should be admitting the fact that they are responsible for the way they’re playing. They’re throwing him under the bus, despite putting in poor performances every week. And they’re getting away with it.

“Some players want Man United to get beat, just so that there’s pressure on Mourinho to be sacked. The amount of times that you see a new manager go to a club and suddenly, the whole team are up for it.

“You have to question the attitude of the players.”

According to observers, the oncoming fixtures starting with this Saturday’s home game with Newcastle will decide the manager’s fate.

Without a win in four matches in all competitions, the pressure is on United to stop the rot and head into the international break on a positive note. However, results at Old Trafford have been poor this season with only one victory in five games.

After that match comes the potentially explosive clash with Chelsea on October 20. The start of a huge week sees Mourinho return to Stamford Bridge to face his former club. The form book suggests it could be a chastening experience for the Portuguese, but what better place to begin to revive United’s fortunes?

Three days later, his team faces Juventus at home in the Champions League. This is yet another high-profile clash sees Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford in the Champions League.

Mourinho will be hoping the former Reds icon does not inspire the Italian champions to a victory which would likely put United under pressure in the group. The other fixtures to decide his fate are:

Everton (h) October 28

United have a good record against Everton, especially at Old Trafford, and Mourinho will be desperate for that to continue, particularly if the games against Chelsea and Juventus have not gone well.

Bournemouth (a) November 3

A game United must surely get a result in given the two matches to follow. It will not be easy, however, with Eddie Howe’s side making a good start to the season.

Juventus (a) November 7

European away games do not come much trickier. Anything but a victory will probably see United fall behind Valencia, who have back-to-back matches against Young Boys, to third spot in the group. Qualification could then hinge on a showdown at the Mestalla.

Manchester City (a) November 11

United will be praying they have turned the corner by the time this fixture comes around. Mourinho masterminded an unlikely victory at the Etihad last season and he may need something similar next month, possibly to save his job.

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