Manchester United: Why Jose Mourinho Will Survive 'Player Discontent' At Old Trafford

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at Sixfields, Northampton, England, September 21. Mourinho retains the backing of Manchester United's board. Shaun Botterill/Getty

Manchester United will stand behind Jose Mourinho and not his players amid reports individuals are already unhappy with his management style.

Three defeats in a row last week, two in the English Premier League against Manchester City and Watford, led Mourinho to dress down his players, with defender Luke Shaw coming in for particular criticism.

But according to The Guardian, United's power brokers are happy to let Mourinho carry on with his own, sometimes abrasive style, in the belief that the Portuguese can build a dynasty in the mould of that of Sir Alex Ferguson.

A report in The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday claimed members of United's squad had been left "shocked" by their manager's caustic criticism.

But United will keep faith in a man who is less than two years removed from having won the Premier League with Chelsea.

United halted the rot on Wednesday night at Sixways in Northampton, overcoming English League One side Northampton Town 3-1 in the English League Cup.

Mourinho's side has a chance to return to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday, when it faces defending champion Leicester City at Old Trafford.