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Mourinho Best For Man Utd Job – Neville  

Posted: May 23, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Phil Neville, a former defender of Manchester United, has said that the club has “got to be the best” and appointing Jose Mourinho as manager will help achieve that success.

The BBC has reported over the weekend that Mourinho, 53, will replace Louis van Gaal, despite United winning the FA Cup on Saturday.

Unfortunately, Van Gaal, 64, two seasons into a three-year deal, said last week that expectations at Old Trafford were “much too high”.

However Neville, 39, has disagreed with that impression adding: “At the moment, Jose is the best man for the job.”

The former England international, who played for United from 1995 to 2005 and was assistant coach under David Moyes in the 2013-14 season, told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek: “For as long as I’ve known it, you’ve got to be the best at Manchester United.

“Mourinho is a proven winner. United fans want a team challenging for the league title, they don’t want a team finishing in seventh or fifth.”

The Portuguese won three Premier League titles in two spells at Chelsea and has also won domestic leagues in his homeland, Italy and Spain.

Mourinho was sacked in December after champions, Chelsea, made a poor start to their title defence, losing nine of their first 16 matches, while he was involved in a high-profile dispute with club doctor, Eva Carneiro, who was dismissed and consequently pursued a dismissal case against the club.

“When Jose finishes at a club, there is a pattern where he falls out with players, gets disgruntled and the team dips,” Neville said.

“I can’t see him staying for too long at United – maybe two or three years seems to be his shelf life at a club – but as long as he brings success, United fans won’t be unhappy.

“The pressure of football management and demands from owners and supporters and media now means two to three years in a job is enough.”

Mourinho’s honours include two Champions League titles, three Premier League shield, one La Liga title and one Copa del Rey.