Phil Neville makes bold prediction about Jose Mourinho and Man United
Phil Neville discusses reports linking Jose Mourinho with the Manchester United job
Phil Neville believes Jose Mourinho will only last two or three seasons if the former Chelsea manager takes over the reins at Manchester United.
The Portuguese coach is being widely-tipped to replace Louis van Gaal later this week despite the Red Devils winning the FA Cup on Saturday thanks to a 2-1 extra-time victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley.
Van Gaal’s cup success is the first piece of silverware that United have won since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as manager following his 13th Premier League title at Old Trafford in 2013.
Mourinho hasn’t managed a club since he was sacked by Chelsea in December despite guiding the Blues to their fourth Premier League crown in May 2015 after a run of nine defeats in the opening four months of the season.
Speaking to BBC Sport Radio Five Live, Neville delivered his thoughts on how Mourinho would fare at United if the 53-year-old replaces Van Gaal.
“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. 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,” Neville told BBC Five Live.
“It’s a pattern with Jose, he comes into a club, he gets success but he doesn’t stay for too long.
“He’s a proven winner, a proven champion. United fans want a team that will challenge for the league title, not a team that finishes seventh or fifth, and Jose is probably the man for the job.
“Knowing Jose as I do, I think he will have done his homework and he’s meticulous in his planning.”
Mourinho has won the top-flight crown at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.