Manchester United have reportedly planned to sack manager Jose Mourinho if he fails to guide the club into the top four this season.

The Red Devils have suffered a 3-1 defeat against local rivals Manchester City on Sunday evening.

The 20-time Premier League champions are now 12 points behind the league leaders and seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

The Sun suggests that Mourinho will be dismissed in the summer as the North West side chiefs are looking to hire Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to replace the Portuguese boss.

Real Madrid have also been interested in Argentinean boss but are likely to appoint Santiago Solari on a permanent basis as he is now impressing in caretaker charge.

When asked whether their title hopes were over, the former Chelsea boss replied: “I think we are not going to be relegated.”

“So, when I analyse the game today, I think the difference was, you can go for stats,” Mourinho added.

“That’s the way people that don’t understand football analyse football, is with stats.”

“I don’t go for stats, I go for what I felt and I watch in the game and the game was there until minute 80-something.

“So, I consider the performance of my team a performance with mistakes. It’s different than a bad performance.”

“One thing is a bad performance another thing is a performance with mistakes.”

“We made mistakes, we were punished by these mistakes, but the performance, the mentality, the togetherness, the belief, the fight until the end was something that we are building and we are not going to lose that because of a defeat.”

In May this year, Pochettino and his coaching staff have signed new long contracts until 2023 and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has proved himself a tough negotiator.

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