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Premier League Sack Race Betting: Mourinho cut to 6/4 as Pogba rift continues

16:02 EAT 27/09/2018
Jose Mourinho Manchester United 2018-19
The Portuguese is under increased pressure thanks to a public feud with his midfielder and defeat to Derby County on penalties in the EFL Cup

Jose Mourinho has been cut to 6/4 (2.50) in the sack race market after yet another falling out with Paul Pogba just before Derby County claimed an EFL Cup victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

The Rams prevailed on penalties after a 2-2 draw in normal time, but the overriding story was Mourinho stripping Pogba of the vice captaincy and telling the World Cup winner he will never captain the club again.

This is just the latest issue between the pair, who exchanged frosty glances in training on Wednesday morning, and has caused William Hill to slash the odds on Mourinho to be the next Premier League manager to leave their position.

Joe Crilly, spokesman for the bookmaker, said: “Mourinho’s odds have come in from 6/1, spent a bit of time at 3/1, however that price has been hammered as well and he is now in to 6/4.”

The loss to Derby means United have not won at home since beating Leicester City 2-1 in the opening match of the season, with the Red Devils tasting defeat against Tottenham and drawing with Wolves since.

“No doubt the majority of wagers have come off the back of the results against Wolves and Derby but there must surely have been a bit of cash from Paul Pogba sympathisers,” continued Crilly.

Mourinho leads Neil Warnock, Mark Hughes and Manuel Pellegrini in the betting, who are all 6/1 (7.0), whilst Claude Puel can be found at 7/1 (8.0).

William Hill also offer 1/3 (1.33) that the Portuguese leaves United before the French midfielder does, with 9/4 (3.25) available on the Pogba jumping ship before the manager.

The 25-year-old can be backed at 6/4 (2.50) to be sold next summer or 5/2 (3.50) to leave in the January 2019 transfer window, one of which is a real possibility if the pair continue to negatively dominate headlines.