Manchester United’s improved showing at Stamford Bridge yesterday while drawing with Chelsea, complete with a full complement of post-match theatrics from Jose Mourinho, seems to have impressed the footballing public, according to the latest polling data in The Sportsman’s Manchester Referendum.
Our interactive poll allows football fans - reds and non-reds alike - to vote on whether they would like to see the Portuguese Leave or Remain as manager of the club.
In the aftermath of yesterday’s result a total of 71% of those who voted wanted to see Mourinho leave his post after a controversy-laden few weeks in the job even by his standards.
But the latest figures reveal that only 53% of those polled think he should exit the job, a swing of 18%.
Interestingly, when looking at the breakdown of those who voted, it’s the non-United fans who are keeping his approval rating down near the centre of the dial, with 78% of those voters wanting him to stay just where he is.
As for his own fans, things aren’t so rosy for Jose. A total of 63% of the Old Trafford faithful want a change of leadership, although that figure has trickled down, too.
His team travel to Turin midweek to face another European footballing institution in the shape of Juventus, who top Group H with six points from six and have United in behind on four.
The former United man Cristiano Ronaldo will be free to make his return to Old Trafford, having successfully won an appeal against a red card received in the Old Lady’s last European tie against Valencia.
Our ballot box will remain up until then, so make sure to check back on the latest swings of opinion on the greatest political debate in the nation right now!