Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs sent a rally cry to the Old Trafford faithful to ‘all stick together’ and ‘get behind’ under-fire manager Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils have suffered a disappointing start to the season, which has seen them lose two of their opening three Premier League games.
It is claimed Mourinho still retains the support of the United hierarchy, despite contrasting reports that he is only one more defeat away from the sack.
Odds on ‘the Special One’ leaving Old Trafford have tumbled in the wake of Monday’s 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
“I was there on Monday as a United fan,” said former Red Devils captain Giggs.
“It’s time for the fans to stick together, to get behind the club, the team and the manager and the coaching staff.
“That’s me purely speaking as a fan. It’s a tough time at the moment but we’ve had tough times before and come through them.”
United’s next test is at Burnley on Sunday and another loss there will intensify the spotlight further on Mourinho’s Old Trafford future.
“They’ve got a tough game at the weekend,” Wales manager Giggs said at a press conference to announce his squad for next week’s UEFA Nations League matches against the Republic of Ireland and Denmark.
“When I was assistant at United, Burnley was one of the games where I was setting up the cones and I was thinking ‘I wouldn’t mind playing today’.
“There weren’t many times I thought like that but you walk out and you’re surrounded by all the United fans around the tunnel.
“So it’s a fantastic game to get rid of all that negativity around the club.
“I hope we come through it sooner rather than later and I’m sure we will in the next game.”
Giggs had four games as United interim manager at the end of the 2013-14 campaign before spending two seasons as Louis van Gaal’s assistant at Old Trafford.
The 44-year-old is 12-1 with some bookmakers to succeed Mourinho but told reporters: “Keep your money in your pockets.”