Gary Neville admits Jose Mourinho was right about Manchester United


Jose Mourinho humiliated his former side (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville has finally conceded that Jose Mourinho was right about Manchester United after the Tottenham boss humiliated his former side.

Spurs ran out 6-1 winners at Old Trafford on Sunday, inflicting the joint-biggest defeat of the Premier League era on Manchester United.

Mourinho won the Europa League and Carabao Cup in his first season at United and guided the club to second behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in his second campaign.

The Portuguese coach was adamant that the club needed significant investment to catch City and the club’s inability to back him ultimately started the process of him leaving the club in December 2018.

It was a month after his sacking that Mourinho claimed finishing second with that United squad ranked as one of his ‘biggest achievements’.

Mourinho inflicted an embarrassing defeat on United (Picture: Reuters)

‘If I tell you, for example, that I consider one of the best jobs of my career was to finish second with Man United in the Premier League, you will say, ‘this guy is crazy,’” Mourinho said.

‘He won 25 titles and he is saying that a second position was one of his best achievements?’”

‘I keep saying this because people don’t know what is going on behind the scenes. And sometimes we, in this side of the cameras, analyse things with a different perspective.’

Neville tore into United’s board (Picture: SkySports)

Neville claimed after Mourinho’s departure that the former Chelsea boss was ‘playing games’ to cover his record at the club.

But, following United’s dismal start to the campaign where they’ve failed to back Solskjaer after a third-place finish, Neville says Mourinho was right about the club.

‘I think for me it’s almost a repetitive cycle we’ve seen,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

‘We saw it with Louis van Gaal where he got to a cup final he won, then they pulled out on him when he was building half a squad. Decent team, not great, but decent, he was half on his way to getting sort of a team that was building some confidence.

‘With Jose Mourinho they went half roads and then they backed out on him in that transfer window a couple of seasons ago having given him a contract. He wanted that extra support to go and do it.

Solskjaer is furious at his side’s start to the season (Credits: Pool via REUTERS)

‘I do think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did achieve the maximum with them last season by finishing third. There’s no way he was getting to the level of Liverpool and Manchester City. So I do think he’s achieved the maximum with them.

‘I thought Jose was playing a game a few years ago when he said it was an unbelievable achievement to finish second with that squad. But I think on reflection he’s probably right.

‘I think it was good Manchester United finished third last season but they needed, they were on the shoulder of Manchester City, a long way off the shoulder but on the shoulder, and they needed to make sure they got closer.

‘But City have spent £150 million, Liverpool have gone and got Diogo Jota and Thiago and they’ve strengthened and they’ve pulled away psychologically before the season even starts.

‘And it’s the psychological damage of Manchester United not bringing the players in that I also think is hampering the players’ thoughts because we as the media focus on it, we as former players focus on it, why wouldn’t we?

‘The club’s job is to build a title-winning team here. Manchester United have to win the title and we can’t drop those standards.’

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