Although his team has failed to secure a Premier League triumph in their fourth consecutive match, under-fire Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes his job is not on the line yet.
After two frustrating draws with Crystal Palace and Southampton, the Red Devils were held to a 2-2 stalemate to the Gunners on Wednesday’s heavyweight, blockbuster clash at the Old Trafford.
With 23 points and a negative -1 goal difference after their opening 15 Premier League outings, the most successful English club sit eight with an 8-point deficit to the Champions League promotion zone.
However, the Portuguese tactician thinks his players have demonstrated a great spirit against the visitors who are at the peak of their game, refusing to show any signs of concern regarding his current status at the club.
“No, not under siege, not at all,” former Real Madrid manager said.
“I feel that is a moment where we play against the team that is at the top of their season, a moment where everything goes well for them – clearly a team on a high against a team with so many problems and the top of these problems during football matches [is] we [virtually] shoot ourselves.”
“Today we had a very good start. In the second half, Arsenal was trying to stop the game, get one injury here and there. They were trying to reduce the intensity of the game, we score the second goal for them and then it is again 2-1. But the reality is in the last four matches we didn’t lose but had bad results apart from Young Boys [won 1-0 in injury time]. The three draws were three bad results and before that, we lost against Manchester City.”
However, in spite of such a calm statement after the final whistle, Mourinho has snapped during the match, kicking the wall next to United’s bench.
A clear frustration caused by his team’s nightmarish start of the season could go from bad to worse if Man Utd fail to beat Fulham at Old Trafford next Saturday.
If looking to prolong his adventure in the Premier League, Mourinho will have to wrap up all three points against the dead-last returnees in what is a must-win match for the struggling 3-time Champions League winners.