Derby County manager Frank Lampard has had his say on Jose Mourinho’s precarious position at Manchester United in an interview with the Independent.

In his time as manager of Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has come under fire on many occasions. Fans have been quick to point out Mourinho’s ‘third season syndrome’, which seems to have haunted the Portuguese manager at Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Mourinho’s Red Devils have taken 10 points from 18 in the first six games of the Premier League season, and United fans have been calling for the sacking of their manager as he struggles to stage a title fight with a strong team.

Frank Lampard – who played under Mourinho in both of his spells as manager of Chelsea – was asked about what he made of his former manager’s current situation at Old Trafford ahead of Derby County’s clash with Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.

Lampard said:

“The fact is, any manager who goes beyond three years now is probably the exception to the rule.

“I don’t think it’s anywhere near specific for Jose – that’s the nature of how the game has gone.

“Jose Mourinho does have a style, of course he does, but it will be a style to get the best out of players to win a game.

“I don’t know how he approaches things at Manchester United.

“I don’t know if his qualities are timeless, but we all adapt and change to circumstances.”

Lampard has fielded an unchanged side after their stylish 3-1 win against Brentford for tonight’s match against United, who are starting the likes of Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku. The rookie manager will be hoping his Rams side can cause an upset at Old Trafford and make their way to the Fourth Round of the Carabao Cup.

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