Gary Neville: What I really think about Man United progress under Jose Mourinho this season

The Man United legend believes a second-placed finish wouldn't represent sufficient progress for Jose Mourinho's team

Man United legend Gary Neville Photo: Sky Sports

Gary Neville is backing Manchester United to secure second place but warned Jose Mourinho that the Red Devils haven’t progressed enough.

The Red Devils notched up a vital result in their Premier League campaign after a 2-1 victory over Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard got on the score sheet to overturn a 1-0 deficit after Willian broke the deadlock at the Theatre of Dreams.

The Red Devils moved further clear of fifth-placed Chelsea FC to put Mourinho’s men in a strong position to secure a top-four spot.

Manchester United finished sixth spot in the Premier League table last term but the Portuguese coach won the Europa League and the League Cup.

Mourinho’s side are 19 points behind League Cup champions Manchester City, with the Citizens having played one game more than their derby rivals.

Former Manchester United defender Neville isn’t impressed the Red Devils are so far behind Manchester City in the title race.

“I think United have to finish second to show progress from where they were,” Neville told his Sky Sports podcast.

“It still can’t be classed as good enough, they had to win the league this year, but ultimately it is progression – but not good enough.”

Manchester United signed Chile international Alexis Sanchez in a swap deal from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

The Red Devils played out a goalless draw with Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash last week.

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