JOSE MOURINHO has defended his side’s form, reminding Manchester United fans they currently have the most points out of all the Premier League clubs in the Champions League.
The Portuguese could be taking charge of his last ever match today, following reports he will be sacked today regardless of their result against Newcastle in the Premier League.
Pressure has been growing on the 55-year-old, with United winless in four games, including losses against West Ham and Derby.
His public bust-up with star player Paul Pogba has aided talk of a move away from the club, with many suggesting they are unable to work together following Mourinho’s decision to strip the French World Cup winner of the vice-captaincy.
His side were booed off following their goalless draw in midweek, and The Mirror claim Mourinho “has lost the confidence of the Manchester United board and is set to be sacked.”
“For the moment, we have the most points of any English team in the Champions League,”
But Mourinho has launched a defence of their results in his match-day programme notes ahead of their fixture with Rafa Benitez’s Toon at Old Trafford this evening.
He wrote: “After today’s game we have two weeks, then we go straight into games against Chelsea, in the Premier League, and Juventus, in the Champions League, with two recovery days in between.
“For the moment, we have the most points of any English team in the Champions League, and it is a big responsibility for us to maintain that in our next group match against the super team, Juventus.
“With such huge games coming up later in the month, it would obviously be good for our confidence to end this current run of fixtures with an important victory this afternoon at home.
“Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy the game.”
His men thrashed Swiss outfit Young Boys 3-0 away, before being held to 0-0 draw against Valencia on Tuesday, leaving them on 4 points.
Tottenham are yet to pick up a point having lost to Inter Milan and Barcelona, whilst Liverpool are on three having beaten PSG before they were beaten on Wednesday by Napoli.
Manchester City are also on three points, having suffered their only loss of the season to Lyon, before they bounced back to beat Hoffenheim this week.
United are currently languishing in 12th place in the Premier league, following the 3pm results this afternoon.
However, if they do overcome the Magpies tonight, they could climb as high as eighth, just outside the Europa League qualifying places.