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José Mourinho's position as Manchester United manager is shrouded in uncertainty. With the Special One entering into his third season at the Red Devils, it's hardly surprising the so-called 'third-season syndrome' that he experienced at past clubs is brought up on every other occasion.
The Portuguese manager's second spell at Chelsea didn't end well, as he received the boot from the club in 2015.
Sir Alex Ferguson didn't hesitate to put forward his thoughts on the matter at the time -- and it will resonate with Mourinho's current position at United.
"[Roman Abramovich] has to trust and have confidence José can turn it around, there is no point in sacking one of the best coaches of all time," Ferguson said (via the Guardian).
"[Mourinho] has won the European Cup twice, he's won the league in each country he's managed in, he's won the big trophies. It would be foolish for him to take that step to sacking him.
"That would be bad management; it is not leadership, that.
"The sort of average time a manager lasts now is a year throughout the whole country and that is not a big time. For José, I think all good leaders will eventually find a solution.
"I think he will find a solution. I know the guy and I know the work he has done in football and I can't see it lasting long."
United are 10th in the Premier League after seven matches, with three wins, one draw and three defeats.
In the Champions League, though, Mourinho's side easily brushed aside Young Boys in their opening match.
United take on Valencia today, with the under-fire manager wanting to take a positive result away from the match.
Hope united win today so mourinho in- ` (@Axhmal) 2 October 2018
They sacked Moyes and LVG when they failed to get top 4. Probably waiting for the same with Mourinho- #OperationZizou (@flairfutboI) 2 October 2018
"Mourinho has played Russian roulette with the club. All the empty chambers have been fired and there is only the one live bullet left."- Michael Medubi (@jake_speiderman) 2 October 2018
I love that depiction. Regrettably, there's no hope.
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