Gary Neville is not happy about Man United transfer situation

Gary Neville criticises the Man United hierarchy for not backing Jose Mourinho in the summer transfer window

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: UEFA / Handout

Gary Neville has criticised the Manchester United hierarchy for not supporting Jose Mourinho in the summer transfer market.

The Manchester United manager has found himself under intense scrutiny this season after his side’s poor start to the new campaign in all competitions.

The Red Devils were aiming to be one of the main challengers for the Premier League title this season but they already find themselves considerably off the pace in the race for the trophy.

Manchester United were also dumped out of the League Cup by Derby County last month to further heap pressure on the Portuguese coach.

It was widely reported in the summer months that Mourinho wanted to bring a new central defender to Old Trafford, but the Red Devils did not end up strengthening in that position.

And former Manchester United star Neville feels that the club should have been fully behind their manager in the transfer market in the summer.

Speaking to Sky Sports before the clash with Newcastle on Saturday, Neville said: “They [the club] undermined Jose on the eve of the season in explaining to journalists why he couldn’t sign those centre-backs.

“Who is qualified in that football club to be able to tell Jose Mourinho that Toby Alderweireld or Harry Maguire or Jerome Boateng are not better than the centre-backs they’ve got?

“There’s only two people I can think of and we know they weren’t consulted – Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson.

“I am reacting and maybe I am a little bit emotional, but I don’t really care any more in respect of what I say. You could say it’s unprofessional, but I have to speak as a fan and say what I feel.”

The January transfer window will present Manchester United a chance to strengthen their squad, and it remains to be seen whether the club will fully back Mourinho if indeed he remains in charge until then.

One thing is for sure, the Portuguese coach has been one of the club’s biggest spending managers, with the Red Devils having splashed huge transfer fees on signing the likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku since his arrival at Old Trafford in May 2016.

Manchester United will return to action after the international break when they take on Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 20 October.

They will be desperate to try and win a trophy this season after they ended up in second place in the Premier League table and without a trophy last term under Mourinho.

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