Gary Neville names Jose Mourinho’s two problems at Man United

The Manchester United legend believes the Red Devils' 2-1 loss to Manchester City last season as a game that changed Jose Mourinho's mentality

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Man United legend Gary Neville Photo: Sky Sports

Gary Neville believes Jose Mourinho is facing two problems as Manchester United manager.

The Red Devils boss was caught on camera telling his critics to shush after Manchester United were 1-0 winners against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend following Anthony Martial’s 81st-minute strike.

The Portuguese coach has come under criticism in recent weeks for Manchester United’s unattractive style of play in a goalless draw with Liverpool at Anfield before a 2-1 loss to Huddersfield Town.

Mourinho’s side played within themselves at Old Trafford on Saturday as title rivals Tottenham Hotspur made the trip to the 20-time English champions.

Martial came off the bench to rescue three points for Manchester United but the Red Devils were criticised once again for showing a lack of adventure against one of their biggest rivals.

Manchester City, on the other hand, have already scored 36 goals in 10 games in the Premier League last term to build a five-point lead over their bitter rivals Manchester United.

Neville believes the traditions of Manchester United and Manchester City’s attacking brand of football are heaping more pressure on Mourinho.

“There are two reasons people are looking at this issue. One is history: Sir Matt Busby, Sir Alex Ferguson have in the past said publicly how the club should always play,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“It should always be attacking football, entertaining football. That’s caused him a bit of a problem perception-wise, and he doesn’t feel like he’s getting the respect he deserves.”

Neville added: “In his last home defeat (against Manchester City in September 2016), I think he tried to go punch for punch with Pep Guardiola. I think his attitude after this game was: ‘Nobody will come to my ground and do what they did to me again.’

“He doesn’t like being humiliated, and I think he thought that day that they were too open, too free, and he didn’t want that again in the big games at Old Trafford or away from home. ‘I need to make sure we win and pick up other points.’

“His two problems are emotional: Manchester United’s history and Pep Guardiola’s football. They’re causing him a bit of a problem, but it’s perception.”

Manchester United are in second place in the Premier League table as Mourinho’s men look to win their first title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

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