Jose Mourinho is under a bit of pressure at Manchester United.
While there is no danger of the former Chelsea boss getting the sack anytime soon, there’s no doubt he needs to start winning - and quick.
Mourinho’s side already find themselves 11 points behind Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, while they have already suffered a couple of disappointing results in the Europa League.
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The pressure is starting to tell as well.
Mourinho was seen kicking a water bottle after Paul Pogba was booked for diving last weekend during their 1-1 draw with West Ham, and the ‘Special One’ was consequently sent to the stands and has been handed a one-match ban.
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It was an act that reportedly frustrated United chiefs, with him having to serve yet another touchline ban.
However, it seems that Mourinho has the backing of one club legend.
That man is David Beckham after he acknowledged that it was inevitable that the Red Devils would slump following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Since the legendary Scot left, the club have failed to finish above fourth in the three succeeding campaigns, and it’s Mourinho job to improve on that record.
Despite United sitting in sixth, Beckham is convinced Mourinho is the right man for the job.
Beckham on Mourinho
"It was always going to happen," Beckham said of United's slump at a Q&A session in Johannesburg at the Discovery Leadership Summit, per FourFourTwo.
"We have had a tough few years, but we have had a pretty good 20 years. I believe in Jose Mourinho."
Ferguson's fear factor
In recent weeks, Ferguson’s fear factor has been discussed. The manager claimed that he had only given the hairdryer treatment ‘half a dozen times’ - something that Ryan Giggs strongly denied. The Welshman claimed that Ferguson was pretty ruthless when it came to dressing down his players and admitted he’s still scared of him.
And Beckham has waded in on the debate by recalling that he would always be waiting in the tunnel after the match if the team had played poorly.
“We knew if we hadn't played well, the first person who would be waiting for you in the tunnel would be Sir Alex Ferguson. There was a fear factor, but it was a good fear,” he said.
Despite having a scary manager, Beckham enjoyed a very successful 11 years at Old Trafford, winning six league titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League.
And, whilst in South Africa, he was even asked if he would be willing to return to play for the Red Devils. Beckham realised how unrealistic that prospect was but admitted that he would love to.
"You know what? I'm 41. I would crawl back to Manchester to play there again. But obviously it's not realistic,” he added.
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