Alan Shearer makes bold Man United prediction

The all-time Premier League top-scorer has highlighted Jose Mourinho’s not-so private spats with the board at Manchester United

By George Hallam
Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Alan Shearer has suggested that he does not expect José Mourinho see out the season at Manchester United.

Manchester United only took three points from their opening three games before their trip to Burnley on Sunday.

Mourinho has been in a long-running high-profile spat with United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, and Shearer does not see things cooling down enough for Mourinho to stay.

“It was well documented that he wanted a centre-half [in the summer transfer window],” Shearer is quoted as saying by the Daily Express.

“He also talked a while back about how maybe he should now be called the head coach and not the manager.

“That is also a dig at the vice-chairman, implying he has no control of the players he brings in or sells.

“I don’t think he is going to ride this out.”

Mourinho has had a turbulent week; first of all, he suggested in a press conference that he deserved respect as he has one more Premier League titles than any other current Premier League manager.

He then claimed in another press conference that even if he was not to win a Premier League title with United, he would still be considered among the worlds’ best.

This has left critics to claim that Mourinho’s fabled third season syndrome, the idea that his managerial powers unravel in his third season at a club, has once again returned.

Mourinho failed to sign a centre-half this summer and it was speculated that Woodward told Mourinho that he should make do with the defenders he has signed.

United’s disharmony behind closed doors seems to be seeping on to the field, as most are predicting another tricky and potentially sorry affair when they travel to Turf Moor on Sunday.

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