Jose Mourinho Backed to Leave Manchester United

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 2:48 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2018 2:48 PM UTC

Jose Mourinho has become the favourite to be the first Premiership manager to leave his post this season after delivering an extraordinary press conference in Michigan.

<p>Jose Mourinho has been installed as the<a href=";book=Bet365" rel="nofollow"> +500 favourite</a> to be the next Premiership manager to leave his post after delivering an incendiary press conference. His Man Utd side had just suffered a 5-1 pre-season defeat at the hands of Liverpool in Michigan, and the Portuguese launched a wide-ranging rant. He railed against his club’s inactivity in the summer transfer market, ripped into his players’ form and even questioned why fans would pay to watch his team play. It was an astonishing performance from Mourinho, and it has sparked widespread speculation that he will leave the club.</p><p>When he joined Man Utd in the summer of 2016, he spoke of wanting to stay at the club for 15 years in order to build an all-conquering dynasty. He has won a couple of cups, but his team have flopped in the Champions League and struggled for consistency in the Premiership. They finished sixth in Mourinho’s first campaign, and although they were runners-up last season they finished 19 points behind champions Man City. An intense rivalry exists between Mourinho and City boss Pep Guardiola, fostered in the Real Madrid-Barcelona days, and he must be furious at his inability to compete with the Spaniard.</p><p>Mourinho has publicly lamented the quality of his squad and berated the club’s hierarchy for a failure to back him in the transfer market. That is despite spending more than $500 million on new players in the past two years. In that time, they have broken the world transfer record to sign Paul Pogba, and spent heavily on players like Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Fred, while also breaking the bank to meet Alexis Sanchez’s extravagant wage demands in January. Big names like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have come and gone, and still Man Utd have not come close to winning the title.</p><p>This is the longest Mourinho has gone without a title in his managerial career, and he knows it risks damaging his reputation and his legacy. He will be loathe to admit defeat to Guardiola and slink off, so he may try to engineer a situation whereby he is fired instead. He has twice been sacked by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, so he knows how to spark animosity. <a href=";book=Bet365" rel="nofollow">Man Utd are +700 outsiders with Bet365 </a>to win the Premiership, while Man City are just -150 to defend their crown. They have thus far outspent Utd this summer, and it is hard to see the Red Devils closing the gap, while an ambitious Liverpool team is expected to usurp them too.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;How to win friends and influence people with Jose Mourinho... &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Paddy Power (@paddypower) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 29, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>More than half of all bets in the “next Premier League manager to leave his post” market have gone on Mourinho this summer. Next up in the betting is Leicester boss Claude Puel at +700 with<a href=";book= William Hill" rel="nofollow"> William Hill. </a>The Frenchman struggled in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign and could be fired by a trigger-happy chairman if the Foxes do not start the season well. Watford are also known for chopping and changing managers with alarming regularity, and Javi Gracia is also +700 with most sportsbooks. Rafa Benitez is +800 with William Hill to leave Newcastle, and he could walk away if the Magpies do not loosen the purse strings in the transfer market, while Neil Warnock is also an intriguing choice at +1200 as Cardiff may struggle in the top flight.</p><p>But right now miserable Mourinho is the clear favourite to go first and he faces a big game against Puel’s Leicester on August 10. It is the first game of the season, the day after the transfer window slams shut, and if Leicester outfox Man Utd it could result in an apoplectic Mourinho baiting the club to sack him. Either way, the Red Devils are not a popular choice in the Premier League futures market right now. It might be interesting to back Tottenham to usurp them, as stability reigns in the white half of north London. <a href="" rel="nofollow">SBR's top-rated sportsbooks</a> have +200 on Spurs finishing in the top three, and -120 on them finishing in the top four, and they look like interesting options amid Mourinho’s strife.</p>
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