Under-fire Mourinho confident of keeping job (image courtesy Getty)

Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe says the club must part company with Jose Mourinho should their dismal run in the Premier League continues this week.

The Red Devils lost for the third time on Saturday to drop to 10th in the Premier League after only seven games.

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They had earlier in the week crashed out of the Carabao Cup by losing to Championship side Derby.

And Concise News understands that the Portuguese could be fired this week, with former Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane being considered to succeed him.

Mourinho’s charges take on Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday before hosting Newcastle on Saturday.

And speaking ahead of the games, Sharpe said a change, if needed, must be made sooner rather than later to keep their top-four hopes alive.

“You can’t have performances and results like they are getting,” said the former Red Devil on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast,” he told TalkSport.

“If you’re out of that top four it’s so massive for these clubs these days that you just can’t afford to let it happen.

“If they don’t do anything this week and the results keep going the way they have been going, then a change has to be made sooner rather than later.

He continued: “Their performances, although they have won a couple, they haven’t been that great going forward and they haven’t looked that impressive.

“When you look at the likes of City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea, all their rivals are playing quick, high-tempo football and scoring goals, but United are just struggling over the line with results.

“With the Derby result in the week and this one now [against West Ham], plus the thing with Pogba going on, it just heaps pressure on the manager.

“It will be interesting to see what happens over the next couple of weeks.”