Manchester United Ambassadors Told to 'Be Careful' When Discussing Jose Mourinho

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2018

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27:  Jose Mourinho, manager of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on August 27, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Manchester United have reportedly contacted their paid ambassadors and warned them to "be careful" when discussing under-pressure manager Jose Mourinho.

According to Charles Sale of the Daily Mail, the poor start to the 2018-19 season has seen United look to avoid a repeat of Dwight Yorke's interview with a Dubai radio station toward the end of last term. The former striker, who was part of the club's 1998/99 treble-winning side, slammed Mourinho's methods and said his tactics "did not befit club traditions."

As well as Yorke, former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Gary Neville, Andy Cole, Bryan Robson, Peter Schmeichel, Park Ji-Sung and Nemanja Vidic are ambassadors for the Red Devils.

Mourinho is under pressure after just three matches of the new season following back-to-back defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur.

With Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea all making perfect starts to the campaign, United are already six points off the pace in the English top flight.

Per Rob Dawson of ESPN FC, the Portuguese manager, now in his third season at Old Trafford, maintains the backing of the club's board. 

However, Zinedine Zidane has been touted as a potential replacement, with the Mirror's David Anderson reporting the former Real Madrid manager is "very interested" in the United job.

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Back in May, Yorke branded Mourinho's style of football "a load of crap" and expressed his belief United would have won the 2017-18 Premier League title with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in charge in an interview with Dubai Eye (h/t Chris Burton of Goal).

A similar outburst from one of United's ambassadors would be untimely for the club given its outward support for Mourinho.

Per MUTV (h/t Jack Wilkinson of Sky Sports), club legend and former captain Robson urged fans to back Mourinho after Monday's 3-0 home defeat to Spurs.

And it would seem United are keen that all their ambassadors remain on the party line.