Gary Neville delivers encouraging verdict on Man United under Jose Mourinho

The former Manchester United defender is seeing some positive signs that Red Devils are close to being back to their best

Jose Mourinho’s players are getting closer to living up to Manchester United’s reputation, according to Gary Neville.

The Red Devils battled to a 1-1 draw with bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon to maintain their unbeaten record.

Liverpool appeared to be edging towards three points after James Milner broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the first half.

However, Mourinho threw caution to the wind as he brought on Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata in search of a winner in the second half at Old Trafford.

And Manchester United’s aerial bombardment paid dividends with six minutes remaining after Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 14th Premier League goal of the 2016-17 season.

Speaking on his podcast after Manchester United’s 1-1 stalemate with Liverpool at Anfield, Neville explained why he is feeling more encouraged about his former club under Mourinho in recent weeks.

“They’re getting nearer to what Manchester United are. They’re playing more like Manchester United in the sense that their style of play is more like Manchester United. They didn’t play well at all,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“Even Michael Carrick who is usually so composed was out of sorts in the first half. We didn’t see much of Ibrahimovic Martial or Mkhitaryan. It wasn’t a game that Manchester United really played well in. When they scored the goal, I thought they were going to score a winner.”

The Red Devils appointed Mourinho as their new manager after Manchester United finished in fifth place under Louis van Gaal last term.

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