Ryan Giggs has called on Manchester United supporters to get behind Jose Mourinho following the side’s humiliation against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night.
The 55-year-old needed a result against Tottenham following one of the worst performances of his Man United tenure at Brighton and Hove Albion.
But after a promising first half, during which United should have gone ahead, the hosts crumbled as Spurs claimed three goals after the break, consigning Jose Mourinho to his heaviest home defeat as United manager.
Speaking as a fan, the current Wales manager emphasised the importance of sticking with the manager at such a challenging time.
“I was there on Monday as a United fan,” he said.
“It’s time for the fans to stick together, get behind the club, team and manager. It’s a tough time but we’ve had tough times before and got through it.”
There are a number of reasons to see Mourinho as the wrong man for the United job. That he has lost two of his first three Premier League games this season – something which last occurred in 1992 – is reason alone. The red lights are there, and they are flashing like they never have before.
And yet, at the same time, would the removal of the manager really elicit positive change? Would it really change anything? Supporters should only look back to how dismissals of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal changed very little in the grand scheme of things.
Mourinho will join those two at some point. Until then, however, United have to back their manager. Doing anything else would be an exercise in self-sabotage.