Mourinho: I’m victim of a ‘manhunt’

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane lifts the trophy after Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff south Wales

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane lifts the trophy after Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff south Wales

The former Real Madrid boss, who won three consecutive Champions Leagues at the Santiago Bernabeu, is widely considered the favourite to succeed Jose Mourinho if he leaves Old Trafford.

Yet Spanish outlet Ok Diario claim United may not sack Mourinho just yet.

The victor came in the 90th minute, when substitute Alexis Sanchez headed home and a much-relieved United ended a run of four matches without a win in all competitions.

The Mirror journalist David McDonnell reported on Friday that Manchester United was preparing to sack Mourinho this weekend no matter the result of the club's match against Newcastle on Saturday.

Manager Mourinho added: "I think he is a good boy".

"I do not think that he will manage in England".

Substitute Juan Mata, who has had to content himself with a bit-part role under Mourinho recently, got United's comeback under way with a sumptuous free-kick.

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Lester did his part Tuesday, allowing just one run on four hits over six innings with nine strikeouts. In what should be of no surprise to Cubs fans, Davis showed little emotion as he left the mound.

While many have pointed fingers at Pogba and his performances in recent months, speaking on Match of the Day on Saturday night, Arsenal legend Ian Wright was quick to point out how integral the World Cup victor was to the United performance. It's entirely possible that McDonnell's report was accurate, and that Manchester United had indeed planned to fire Mourinho.

Anthony Martial, at odds with the Portuguese this season, scored the equaliser and Sanchez, left out of the squad against West Ham last week, headed a 90th-minute victor.

Ashley will decide when he leaves Newcastle, while Mourinho is unlikely to have that option at Old Trafford, but he can be heartened by the support he has receiving, even when so many fans think he could be doing a much better job.

Mourinho would nearly certainly turn the matter over to his expert legal team and the Mirror says that with "built-in loyalty payments, signing fees and other agreements on top of his £14.5m-a-year annual salary, that amounts to a whopping £29m".

It comes after The Sun last week claimed that Zidane was in pole position to replace Mourinho. "I don't want that, and if I could tell them to not do it I would, because it is not about me it is about the football club they love and the football club we represent with honour and dignity".

Meanwhile, Manchester United will now turn their attentions towards the small matter of the crunch showdown against Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge after the global break.

"We felt that if we scored it was not impossible, especially at Old Trafford".

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