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Neville urges Manchester United NOT to sack Mourinho

Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

Cape Town – Former Manchester United captain and Sky Sports analyst Gary Neville believes that Jose Mourinho should not be sacked after the Red Devils suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.

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United were hoping to redeem themselves after their 3-2 loss against Brighton last week but a Harry Kane header and two goals from Lucas Moura after the break gave Spurs the win at Old Trafford.

The two defeats in three matches is the first for the Red Devils since 1992 and Mourinho-managed outfit find themselves six points behind Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League.

Eight months after signing a new contract, Neville hopes the Red Devils hold onto Mourinho and back the manager in his remaining years at the club.

"We saw Louis van Gaal sacked after an FA Cup final victory, we saw David Moyes sacked with four games to go of a season, so we are no longer talking about a football club that is behaving as it has historically done,” said Neville as quoted by Sky Sports News website.

"I accept these are different times and I accept the difficulties and challenges, but my honest view as I stand here now is that Ed Woodward gave him a contract last season, only seven or eight months ago, and he should see that contract through to the end and do the job.

"You can't keep jumping around with managers. I hear the third-year Mourinho stories and all the rest of it and you can't disagree with those stories because there is some history.

"But what I would say is it's time now for Manchester United to batten down the hatches and for Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward to sort themselves out if there is a problem there.

"Get the team right for the rest of the season because the club is bigger than any individual. They have to get themselves sorted because it's not a time for in-fighting and politics."

Neville further backed up his argument with referring to Chelsea and the way the London side sacked the manager on two different occasions (2007 and 2015).

"He saw the end of his contract at Inter Milan, he saw the end of his contract at Porto and he saw the end of his contract at Real Madrid,” said Neville.

"It's only at Chelsea, which is a club of madness, where this has happened. At Inter Milan, Porto and Real Madrid he saw it to the end so let's not rewrite history. At Chelsea, everybody dies a little bit early. It's that type of club, he's not on his own there.

"It was tough for him at Real Madrid and he got through to the end of the season. I don't see it happening during the season.

"To suggest that Manchester United are like Chelsea is not right. I have to say Manchester United still do things slightly differently."

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Neville added: "In the last few years there has been an erosion of the beliefs. Jamie Carragher said last week the morals and traditions and bringing through British kids has gone out of the window when they sacked David Moyes and brought in Louis van Gaal.

"I get that, and I understand that, but it is still too early - three games into the season - to start suggesting there should be a change of manager.

"Nothing could be further from the truth. It has to be that Jose Mourinho is allowed to go through and complete this season. If he does well he should go through the next season as well, which is when his contract runs out."

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