Galatasaray and Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder has urged Manchester United fans to stick with Jose Mourinho this season.
Mourinho’s men sit in sixth spot after 12 games, nine points behind leaders Chelsea and six points off fourth place, having only won two of their last nine Premier League games.
The 53-year-old brought Sneijder to the San Siro whilst at Inter Milan ahead of the Italian side’s historical treble-winning campaign in 2010.
Sneijder, a previous object of interest for Man United, has called for supporters to give the Portuguese a chance at Old Trafford.
“I am convinced that he will make a great team,” he said.
“But he also needs time in Manchester and they didn’t even give it to Van Gaal.
“When you change clubs and find yourself at a historic club that needs to start winning right away it’s not easy to work, but Mourinho is great.”
As the modern game continues to evolve, replete with astronomical contracts and lucrative TV deals with a ‘blockbuster’ rhetoric added to reach game, the idea of nuance has been essentially abandoned.
The global football audience appears to paint everything in black and white, and its treatment of Mourinho serves as a perfect case in point: a poor run of form and a few bad results has prompted many into labelling the 53-year-old as ‘finished’.
But just imagine the headlines if United were to win five games on the trot: the idea of United as title contenders, already dismissed by many, would arise out of nowhere into a mainstream agenda.