Reports continue to emerge claiming that José Mourinho is about to lose his job as Manchester United manager, despite the club denying such claims.
The Mirror had reported that Mourinho will be sacked after today's Premier League game against Newcastle, regardless of the result. Manchester United were quick to dismiss the rumours, but the journalist who broke the story is standing by what was written.
David McDonnell was today speaking on BT Sport's Saturday Morning Savage, and he reminded the viewers that the Manchester United board have been quick to rubbish media stories in the recent past which subsequently turned out to be true.
Of course you have to remember, that this is the club that denied Sir Alex Ferguson was retiring when that story was broken.
They denied that David Moyes was getting the sack, when of course we all broke that story a few days before he went.
And of course, even prior to that they denied the story that they were in talks with van Gaal, that story was proved correct.
Up until van Gaal was winning the FA Cup, we broke the story that van Gaal was going to go irrespective of winning the FA Cup. They denied that, and then of course on the Monday after van Gaal led to them to the FA Cup victory he went as well.
So I don't put much store by what Manchester United say. I stand by our story.
"I stand by our story. I stand by our source."
"I don't put any store by what Man Utd say."@DiscoMirror broke the story that Jose Mourinho WILL be sacked and joined us on #SaturdaySav.
He's still not backing down despite the club disputing the story. pic.twitter.com/dZVFJeyUWB
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 6, 2018
This sentiment has been echoed amongst other members of the media, with football writer Miguel Delaney tweeting that the Portuguese manager could indeed depart from Old Trafford in the coming days.
Mourinho is due to meet the board this week, and some executives do feel the situation has got unsustainably badhttps://t.co/H9D2RMZoZ9
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) October 6, 2018
Delaney was, of course, the journalist who broke the story of Mourinho's 'application letter' to the Manchester United board in January 2016, where he pleaded his case to become the next manager at the club. He was subsequently appointed four months later.
Regardless of whether he leaves the club in the coming days, one would have to suspect that Mourinho will not be at Manchester United in the long-term.
This season has been an unmitigated disaster thus far, and the former Chelsea boss seems to be losing support from the club. His continuous squabbling with his own players, coupled with the poor results on the pitch, have left many to feel that his position has become untenable.