SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Jose Mourinho, manager of Manchester United issues instructions to his players during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Former Chelsea forward Chris Sutton suggests Jose Mourinho is trying to force his way out of Manchester United

The Portuguese coach has been under intensive scrutiny at Old Trafford for most of this year, amid a number of high-profile disputes with the likes of Paul Pogba.

Mourinho’s circumstances at United only got worse on Saturday following their 2-2 draw with the struggling Southampton in the Premier League.

The result left United down in seventh-place in the standings and eight points behind four-place Arsenal, who occupy the last Champions League qualification spot.

Now Sutton wonders whether United should back Mourinho financially in the January transfer window as his motives are questionable at the moment.

“Mourinho is a better watch than Man United at the moment – the team on the pitch,” Sutton told Radio 5 Live, as quoted by Independent.

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“Mourinho does more point scoring off the pitch than his team does on it.

“It’s not a happy camp. What’s going to happen in January? Can he be trusted with a pot of money in January?

“I think he wants the sack.

“His signings have been a disaster and he wants more money. How can they trust him with the performances the way they have been?

“What is good about Man United this season? And it all comes from the manager who is blaming everyone else.”

United will host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Wednesday night in the Premier League.