Phil Neville urges Man United to stick with Jose Mourinho
The Man United legend doesn't believe Jose Mourinho warrants the sack at Old Trafford
Phil Neville doesn’t believe Manchester United should sack Jose Mourinho, adding that the under-fire manager is capable of getting the Red Devils out of their Champions League group and reaching the top four.
Manchester United welcomed Juventus to Old Trafford in their third Champions League fixture of the season, having played a goalless draw with Spanish side Valencia at home in their last outing.
The Red Devils have shown signs of revival at Stamford Bridge last weekend after Manchester United came from 1-0 down to draw 2-2 with Chelsea FC thanks to Anthony Martial’s second-half goals.
However, Manchester United were thoroughly outclassed by Juventus, who had 67 per cent possession in the first half at Old Trafford to force the Red Devils to defend deep.
Paulo Dybala scored a first-half winner before Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini effortlessly kept Manchester United at bay in the second half to secure three points.
The 20-time English champions have only managed to win one of their last seven games in all competitions, coming from 2-0 down to beat Newcastle United 3-2 before the international break.
Former Manchester United defender Neville doesn’t believe sacking Mourinho is the answer to the club’s problems and is tipping the Portuguese head coach to secure a place in the knockout stage.
“Sacking Jose isn’t the answer to this,” Neville told BBC Radio 5 Live at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
“They’ve tried that with Moyes and Van Gaal. They have to say they are just stick with Jose. They have to say to him that he has to get them to the top four and out of the group.
“There is every chance Man United can get out of this group easily by beating Young Boys and getting a draw in Valencia. I don’t think we are the point where it is crisis and panic. Over the last few games, the Man United side have improved their performances.”
Manchester United were 3-0 winners against Young Boys in Switzerland to make a positive start to their Champions League campaign despite their inconsistent Premier League form.
However, La Liga side Valencia managed to leave Old Trafford with a point after Manchester United produced a turgid performance in front of their home supporters earlier this month.
Manchester United will make the return trip to Juventus on 7 November, having won on their last two trip to Turin in 1999 and 2003 during Sir Alex Ferguson’s spell in charge.