Jose Mourinho's reign at Manchester United looks as though it will be coming to end sooner rather than later, following the Old Trafford club's poor start to the Premier League season. They have gone four games without a win in all competitions, the first such run of his managerial career, and lost 3-1 away to West Ham United in their last top-flight outing.
The Mirror report that the conduct of the Portuguese boss, who began his third season with the club this summer, has left members of the club's board fed up - combined with United's worst start in the last 29 years, including losses to Brighton, Spurs and West Ham.
The agency reported that United look set to give Mourinho the upcoming global break to turn things around at Old Trafford. "If I'm the person who employs the person underneath me and he fails, eventually I've got to take the responsibility for it".
The victory gave Mourinho the highest win percentage of any Manchester United manager, with 60.3 per cent above Sir Alex Ferguson's record of 60.1 per cent.
"The people in the boardroom at this moment in time who are, if you like, overseeing the football operation, are nowhere near good enough".
"This team defensively only conceded one more goal than Manchester City last season, and they are all over the place this year because they are constantly hearing their manager tell them they are not good enough", he said. This team can do much better than what it is doing.
"I have to assess Fede (Fernández) and Dummett", said Benitez in Friday afternoon's press conference.
"And if you want something more, in pre-season I also said that this season was going to be very hard".
That was time enough for him to reject suggestions his squad were struggling for confidence.
"I think I'm furious", he said on Sky Sports after a lengthy pause.
"The team was in control of the game for a while, but perhaps we had to manage the situation a little bit better if we can". That's the reason why it was a phenomenal season. "I have no doubts about that".
It stunned the United fans in attendance and forced Mourinho into a series of tactical substitutions, making the first one less than 20 minutes into the game.