UEFA Champions League: Man Utd v Juventus - Time for Jose Mourinho to make a statement!

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The Portuguese has been under the scanner of late. The Juventus game could be vital for his future at Old Trafford...

As Old Trafford gets ready to host Juventus in the UEFA Champions League, the mood at the club is not one full of confidence. Rather, apprehension could be a better word to describe the atmosphere on the red side of Manchester. 

The Red Devils sit seven points off the top-four already, with some damaging results against the likes of West Ham United and Tottenham. It did not help Jose Mourinho that the team also crashed out of the Carabao Cup after a loss to Championship side Derby County

In fact, he had targetted the team management for not providing him the players he had identified during the transfer window. Despite that, the poor start to the season has seen the pressure mount on Mourinho with calls emanating from several sections for his dismissal. 

His off-field run-ins with the likes of Paul Pogba have also not helped alleviate the negativity surrounding the club. Concerningly, several of his signings - Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Fred - have not sparkled for the team yet. 

The normally water-tight defence, something Mourinho prides himself in, has been leaky throughout as well while in attack, United have not gelled. The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard haven't convinced that they deserve a starting spot yet. 

Mourinho could have been in deeper trouble had his team not overturned a 2-0 deficit against Newcastle before the recent international break. 

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He followed it up with a good performance against Chelsea during the weekend with only a late strike from Ross Barkley preventing Mourinho's side from picking all three points.

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Now, with Juventus coming to town, the 55-year-old has the perfect opportunity to make a statement of intent. Three points against the Serie A champions will go a long way in easing the pressure of the Portuguese. And at the same time, he can send out a statement to those who have been suggesting that Mourinho's tactics are outdated. 

Can he do that? 

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