Jose Mourinho has claimed that Manchester United are fully behind new manager David Moyes despite a poor run of results.
The pressure is starting to mount on Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Old Trafford after a disappointing run of form that has left them 11-points behind leaders Arsenal in the Premier League as well as knocked out of the FA Cup by Swansea.
They visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday to play Chelsea in a game that could see them cut adrift from the top three and, more concerningly, the top four.
However, despite admitting that Manchester United are no longer a title threat, Mourinho insists that his adversary is not at risk of losing his job any time soon, saying Moyes still has the backing of both the directors and the players.
The Chelsea boss told the Evening Standard: “I don’t think David is under pressure. The pressure is something virtual. It is something that comes from the media as a consequence of not having the best results.
“The most important thing in all of this is not the pressure that comes from the outside, it’s the reality of the inside. My feeling, which is based on years of communicating with Sir Alex and some inside information, is Man United are not happy, but they are calm. They trust David. David trusts them.
“Are the players blaming the manager and thinking ‘I am safe’? No. The players don’t feel that. They feel all together on this. The manager is calm and they are thinking this is our manager for the next two‑three-four-five years. So they’re all together and are going to rebuild again a big team.
“The bad results will finish. They will get back on track, probably too late to win the League because they’re too many points behind the leader.
“The gap is difficult to recover but David has a fantastic job. He’s in probably unique conditions to be stable and to do his work well and achieve success sooner rather than later.”
Ferguson left United in the summer having won 28 major trophies in 26-and-a-half years, leaving Moyes with the toughest job in football.
Having lost six times in the league and coming under immediate scrutiny, people have been quick to sympathise with Moyes, but Mourinho insists Moyes doesn't want to be pitied.
He continued: “The point is not sympathy or talk about the incredible task he inherited in replacing Sir Alex. I think David has a fantastic situation.
“He is in a special club with a special philosophy and a special understanding of what is the importance of the manager, a fantastic understanding of the time a manager needs to give his best and to transform his squad and to make his team.”
Despite Manchester United's struggles, Mourinho insists he doesn't take victory over them as a given, insisting his team will be fired up for what he considers a massive game.
He said: “My team talk will be an easy job for me in the sense of telling my players what I feel. My players will feel immediately what I feel.
“They’re a winning club, with great players. Yes, they are in a bad moment but they will want to win. They want to show who they are, there is individual pride, there is club pride. They will come to Stamford Bridge to fight, not just for the points, it’s more than that.
“They know what we know — the first objective for all of us is to finish top four. The difference between finishing in and outside the top four will be minimal, every point counts. It’s a big game.”