Liverpool legend defends Mourinho ahead of Chelsea clash

Jamie Carragher has claimed there is a huge amount of pressure on Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese tactician saw his team come back from a two-goal deficit and win before the international break when it was claimed by several reports that he was on the verge of getting sacked.

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This weekend, United face an away trip to Mourinho’s former club, Chelsea.

“There was so much talk at Manchester United,” the former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports.

“It was constantly in the press every single day because it was the big story. With the internationals, it quietened it all down but there’s no doubt it will ramp up again.

“I think there’s definitely a run of fixtures in the next three or four weeks before the next international break for Manchester United and Mourinho where all eyes will be on them.

“It’s their first real big away game against the rest of the top six. The reason you bring Jose Mourinho to your club is to win the big games. He’s been a master at that throughout his career.

“It was good for them to go into the international break with those three points. The way they won there’s no better way to win than coming back like that. Scoring in the last minute it gives everyone a great lift.”

There was certainly a lift at Old Trafford when Alexis Sanchez headed home a last-minute winner against Newcastle before the internationals resumed.

Now that the internationals are over, for now, so it’s time Mourinho and his players went on a run of wins but it won’t be easy.

Chelsea are flying it at the moment and already look like title challengers, though Mourinho will be determined to inject unrest at Stamford Bridge. An away win would be a massive statement before United take on Juventus in the Champions League.

Two defeats on the trot, however, would put Mourinho is a terrible position. His job is not as safe as it is…

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