Get behind Mourinho, urges Manchester United legend Giggs

Ryan Giggs says that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho needs the support of the club's fans.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.   -  Getty Images

Manchester United icon Ryan Giggs has urged the club's fans to get behind under-fire manager Jose Mourinho. Pressure is mounting on the Portuguese following successive defeats to Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham, with the former Chelsea boss defiantly demanding respect at a news conference that followed the latter.

Mourinho takes his side to Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday looking for a first win since the opening day, and Giggs - who spent a spell in caretaker charge at Old Trafford in 2014 - wants the 20-time English champion to put up a united front.

"I think purely coming from me being a United fan, I was there on Monday [for the Tottenham defeat], I think it's a time for the fans to stick together, get behind the club, get behind the team, get behind the manager, get behind the coaching staff," said Giggs.

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"That's me purely speaking as a fan. I think it's a tough time at the moment but we've had tough times before and we've come through it."

"They've got a tough game at the weekend. It's a fantastic game to get rid of all that negativity around the club. It's a tough game, but purely speaking as a fan, I hope we come through it sooner rather than later. I'm sure we will eventually."

Put to Giggs that he was among the contenders to replace Mourinho with a bookmaker, the Wales manager replied: "I'd keep your money in your pocket if I was you."