Former Manchester United players, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have urged the club’s management not to sack under-fire manager, Jose Mourinho
United are looking to avoid going five games without a victory for only the second time since 1999.
The Derby result – which Mourinho does not classify as a defeat – followed a 1-1 draw with Wolves at Old Trafford, while United lost 3-0 at home to Tottenham earlier in the season.
Giggs, an Old Trafford legend after 25 years at the club as a player and coach, has been tipped as a future United manager.
“I believe he [Mourinho] should keep his job,” said Giggs.
“They’re going through a tough time at the moment, but change now then you’re in the same position in a year, two years, quite possibly.
Giggs, speaking at the squad announcement for Wales’ games against Spain and the Republic of Ireland, added: “I think the problem of late has been forward planning. Just take stock, they’re going through a tough time but, no, my stance hasn’t changed.”
Scholes in his own submission lamented that he is tired of ‘moaning’.
“Only one defeat at home all season, only one defeat in the past seven matches,” he said.
“But no victories at home in the past three matches – three draws. Not the feeling of the defeat, but not the happiness of the victory.
“So, yes, it is important for us to try and win this match on Saturday.”
United are 10th in the Premier League, with 10 points from seven games, but take on a Newcastle side seeking their first win of the season.
Scholes, who won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues with United, has been a strong critic of the team’s recent performances – but he believes Mourinho should stay at Old Trafford.
“Yes I agree. I’m sick of him moaning about what he hasn’t got, when I think he really should be concentrating on what he has got,” he told Robbie Savage’s Premier League Breakfast show.
“He’s got some real quality in the squad who are very low in confidence.
“Over the years, Jose has been a brilliant coach – his record suggests that. He’s been one of the very best.
“I’d like to see him stay, take this – which I think is probably the biggest challenge of his career – and show us what a good coach he is.”
Scholes suggested the performance against Valencia was “a little bit different”, adding: “They tried, they worked a bit harder but just lacked the real quality to win the game.”
He believes Mourinho, who was appointed United manager in May 2016, needs to give players an extended run in the side.
“Unfortunately, because the form’s not great, he’s chopping and changing. He has no idea what his best team is, he has no idea what his best system is – and this is after over two years,” he said.