The spotlight will firmly be on Jose Mourinho and Manchester United at Chelsea: Jamie Carragher
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The spotlight will firmly be on Jose Mourinho and Manchester United at Chelsea: Jamie Carragher

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The former Liverpool defender feels that all eyes will be back on the beleaguered manager and his charges as they visit Stamford Bridge for a crunch Premier League clash

Prior to the international break, there were rumours that Mourinho would be sacked from his job, with one newspaper claiming that would be the case regardless of the result of the clubs last game against Newcastle United at home

However, the clubs higher-ups dismissed those allegations, throwing their support behind the Portugese manager ahead of the teams thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Magpies.

But things are not exactly back to normal ahead of a run of games that includes trips to Chelsea and Manchester City, apart from two Champions League group stage matches against Juventus, and Carragher feels this speculation surrounding Old Trafford will shoot up once again, starting at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

“There was so much talk at Manchester United,” the former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports. “It was constantly in the press every single day because it was the big story. With the internationals, it quietened it all down but there’s no doubt it will ramp up again.

“I think there’s definitely a run of fixtures in the next three or four weeks before the next international break for Manchester United and Mourinho where all eyes will be on them.”

“It’s there first real big away game against the rest of the top six. The reason you bring Jose Mourinho to your club is to win the big games. He’s been a master at that throughout his career.”

“It was good for them to go into the international break with those three points. The way they won there’s no better way to win than coming back like that and scoring in the last minute it gives everyone a great lift.”

Chelsea, meanwhile, are second in the Premier League level on points with leaders Manchester City, and have enjoyed a great start to the season under new head coach Maurizio Sarri.

And Carragher feels the United game will be another litmus test for the new regime at Stamford Bridge.

The current pundit agreed that this was the biggest change Chelsea have undergone since Mourinho took charge way back in 2004. “Definitely because what Mourinho did, he came in and he sort of set a template that managers afterwards sort of replicated as it was very successful.”

“With Sarri coming in it’s a complete style change really and the way they’ve started has been very successful.”

“There’s a long way to go in the season and I thought it would take them a little bit more time, but this is another huge test for them. We talk about Manchester United but for Chelsea also this is a big test.”

Author’s take:

United are always in the eye of the storm, more for the wrong reasons recently, and as Carragher said, the limelight will be back on the club when they visit Chelsea. Mostly because the result could determine which direction United take with regards to Mourinho’s job and in the club’s structure as well.

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