Phile Neville: Jose Mourinho is the right man for Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan


Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville has backed Jose Mourinho to succeed at Old Trafford but insists he won’t stay there long.

Reports suggest Mourinho will replace current manager Louis van Gaal on Tuesday, despite the Dutch boss leading United to an FA Cup trophy on Saturday night.

United have declined to comment on the situation but Van Gaal told Sky Sports reporter James Cooper that “it’s over” as he left the team’s hotel in London on Sunday. Speaking about Mourinho’s potential appointment, Neville claims he will definitely get United back to their winning ways.

“I can’t see him staying too long at Man United, maybe two or three years, that seems to be his shelf life at a football club,” he said.

“When Jose finishes at a club it tends to be a pattern where he falls out with a few players, he gets disgruntled and the team dips.

“It happened at Chelsea, it certainly happened at Real Madrid where there were rumours he fell out with a few players.

“It’s a pattern with Jose, he comes into a club, he gets success but he doesn’t stay for too long.”

Fans have been unhappy with van Gaal following a disappointing season in the Premier League, which saw the finish in fifth place and fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Mourinho has won trophies at every club he has managed, but has never stayed at one club for longer than three years and three months, his departure from Chelsea last season left them 16th in the table, only one point above the relegation places.

United last won the Premier League in 2013, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge and have since finished seventh, fourth and fifth. Reports claim Mourinho will be announced next week and he is definitely the man to help us back to our winning ways.

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