Despite a dramatic stay of execution – Manchester United’s fight-back from 2-0 down to 3-2 against Newcastle United before the international break – at least one bookie has now shortened its odds on a Mourinho Manchester exit ahead of the Reds’ clash with Chelsea this weekend.

Unibet has revised its odds for a Mourinho exit to 3/5 (implied probability 62%) ahead of two tough fixtures for the Reds – an away tie to Chelsea tomorrow and a Champions League visit from Juventus on Tuesday – consolidating the Special One’s position as favourite for the first managerial head to roll in the Premiership’s 2018/2019 season.

Return to Old Haunt

Mourinho’s return to Chelsea this weekend has left some commentators practically salivating at the idea that the fixture could serve up a strong dose of historic irony.

It was at the South West London club where the Portugese’s brand as the self-anointed “Special One” first emerged. Two premierships, two League Cups and one FA Cup with the Blues during his first stint there elevated the Portugese to almost god-like status.

Ahead of tomorrow’s match, Mourinho’s reputation has since taken a different direction. “It is a match that is laced with subplots: Can Chelsea emphatically prove why they are one of the title favourites? Will Manchester United demonstrate the same fighting spirit they had in their comeback win against Newcastle?” Paddy Power’s latest blog asks.

Ironically, at 13/8, the Irish bookmaker is offering some of the most generous odds on the market for a Mourinho exit (implied probability 38%).

Bookmakers’ odds on Mourinho’s fate appear,then, just as divisive as the man himself. Tomorrow’s match could be the defining moment in determining whether the Portugese’s decline will be a permanent one or whether he has yet another trick up his sleeve to pull back from the brink.