JOSE MOURINHO was pictured posing for pictures with fans outside the Lowry Hotel this afternoon.
The Manchester United boss has come under serious scrutiny in recent weeks with reports breaking last night that he is set to be sacked this weekend.
United have brandished those reports as ‘nonsense’ this morning, but the fact remains that a failure to beat Newcastle today would be disastrous for the club.
Mourinho has lived in a suite at the Lowry Hotel for the entire duration of his two-and-a-half-year spell in Manchester, and the team regularly convene at the same venue for pre-match meetings.
Today’s game against Newcastle, managed by one of Mourinho’s old foes Rafa Benitez, could see United drop into the bottom half if they fail to win.
The Red Devils have not won any of their last four games, results which have included a League Cup exit on penalties to Derby and a 3-1 humiliation at the hands of West Ham.
Zinedine Zidane is the favourite with most bookies to replace Mourinho if he is axed.
The former Real Madrid boss is out of work since leaving the Bernabeu in the summer, fresh from winning three consecutive Champions League titles.
However, the France legend does not speak English, which could prove a stumbling block if he wants to take over at Old Trafford.