Jose Mourinho’s position at Manchester United is shaky after dropping 19 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool
after a 3-1 defeat at Anfield.
The Portuguese has been fighting against dressing room unrest and turmoil behind the scenes all season.
And though the Glazer family are unlikely to want a mid-season change, Mourinho will be aware he must pick up results over Christmas to buy himself more time.
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At least until the tricky last 16 Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
Cardiff away, homes games vs Huddersfield and Bournemouth and a trip to Newcastle round off a tame festive period.
Failure to pick up points against the lesser sides over Christmas could spell the end before 2019.