Gary Neville uses Liverpool FC to make point about Man United under Jose Mourinho

Gary Neville feels Man United could learn a thing or two from their local rivals Liverpool FC and their approach

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

Gary Neville believes that Manchester United should follow Liverpool FC’s lead of “buying in” to Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy and fully get behind Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Mourinho has found his position at Old Trafford this season to be under constant scrutiny following his side’s stuttering start to the new campaign in all competitions.

The Portuguese coach has been under serious pressure but his side managed to finally return to winning ways with a thrilling comeback victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford this weekend.

Manchester United had been hoping to be one of the main contenders for the title this season but they currently find themselves in eighth place in the table and seven points off top spot.

They have also been dumped out of the League Cup at the hands of Derby County to further reduce their chances of winning a trophy this term.

There has inevitably been much debate about Mourinho’s position at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils having finished last season without any silverware.

However, former Red Devils defender Neville feels that Manchester United could learn a lesson or two from the way Klopp has been fully backed by Liverpool FC over the last few campaigns.

Speaking to Sky Sports on Sunday afternoon, ex-England star Neville said: “The only thing that will make things settle down is results.

“Every time United drop points or lose games, it’s a crisis. It’s been like that for the last 20 years, it isn’t just now. But even more now, in these choppy waters.

“The contract extension given to him in the summer was a sign that they were going to hit choppy waters, and they would have to go through it.

“Jurgen Klopp is yet to win anything, but there’s a buy-in to what he’s doing at Liverpool.

“Manchester United have to buy in to Jose Mourinho as manager, give him the confidence and not undermine him and just go with it.

“Because if Jose was to be changed in the next couple of weeks, the new manager will see a few players he doesn’t like and then you’re in that cycle of continually changing.

“I’m not sure this is a case where a new manager can come in and hit the ground running, pick a team up and be champions in 12 months.

“Jose is a serial winner, and I don’t buy into this theory that he’s finished, that he’s a manager of yesterday.”

Manchester United will aim to make it back to back wins in the Premier League when they travel to Mourinho’s former club Chelsea FC on Saturday 20 October after the international break.

The Red Devils can ill afford to drop many more points at this early stage of the campaign if they are to somehow claw their way back into the title race this season.

Manchester United have not lifted the Premier League trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge before his retirement back in 2013.

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