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Jose Mourinho is under pressure to revive the fortunes at Old Trafford after a poor start to the season for Manchester United.

United are eight on the table and have lost three league games already, and have also crashed out of the Carabao Cup by losing to Championship side Derby County on penalties.

Mourinho’s job has been repeatedly rumoured to be under threat, and some rumours claimed before the 3-2 win against Newcastle during the weekend that the Portuguese’s sack had been planned.

However, former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has revealed that Mourinho has the fighting spirit needed to turn things around at United.

He told the Daily Mail: “For me, Jose is still the same. He hasn’t changed.

“He still has the fighting spirit, he’s still going to work hard to change things. For me he is always the same.

“He had a very big influence on me and we’ll always have this father and son relationship.

“He’s a fighter and a winner and he wants to win. Knowing him he’ll do everything to change things.

“My time at Chelsea under Jose, I mean sometimes he goes hard on us to get the best out of us, we’d go there, go back and change things.

“Maybe… probably things are different. At the end of the day it’s football.

“As a player you know if you’re not playing well. You want to go back and try to change things.

“With me, it worked very well. Everyone is different. Players are very different, every player is very different to every other one. We’ll see how things go.”