Next seven matches hold key to Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd future

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Jose Mourinho retains the backing of Manchester United’s owners – although the next seven matches are key to his future. 

United have not won at Old Trafford since the opening Friday of the Premier League season and Tuesday’s 0-0 stalemate with Valencia was the latest setback in a disappointing start.

Mourinho’s underperforming side entertain Newcastle this weekend and while a heavy defeat may prompt a different outcome, Sportsmail understands an upcoming schedule which includes fixtures with Juventus (twice), Chelsea and Manchester City will either seal his fate or buy him more time. 

United are now without a win in four games across all competitions. That run includes an embarrassing exit from the Carabao Cup at the hands of Championship Derby County and a morale-sapping 3-1 reverse at West Ham United.

Mourinho’s relationship with star man Paul Pogba is under strain, while Antonio Valencia apologised after he liked an Instagram post calling for the manager’s head.

Other senior players are also known to be frustrated with the situation but determined to make things work under Mourinho.

A source said: ‘The Glazers are not – and have never been – ones for knee-jerk reactions. They are aware that things are not great and they know that things need to change. 

‘They also know that it’s the start of October and there is a lot of football to be played. If Newcastle come and win, say 3-0, then that could be the end but they are far more likely to review the situation following the City match. 

‘If things are going OK then Jose will be there past Christmas.’ 

The Glazers remain in contact with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward on a daily basis. They also use a video-conferencing system installed at the club’s Carrington training ground to conduct talks with Woodward and Mourinho.

The fixture at City takes place on November 11. United are then not in action until November 24, when they entertain Crystal Palace.

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