Gary Neville sides with Jose Mourinho in board battle

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says manager Jose Mourinho has been let down by his board.

Neville has slammed the United board over their failure to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham.

“You think of Alderweireld, which to me seemed like a certainty that Manchester United would sign Alderweireld,” the former right-back said on Sky Sports.

“It’s not too much at £50million because ultimately you’ve just got to get the players in. That’s the main thing, get the players in.”

Neville went on to criticise the United board for failing to back Mourinho and sign a defender he so wished for.

“Jose Mourinho was brought here to win, you can’t three quarters build a house and then stop,” he added.

“You have to finish the house, you have to go with it.

“You can’t sort of fall back and think ‘I’m changing my mind’, you’ve gone too far.

“The club, since they sacked David Moyes, have been on a roundabout and have been reacting to things rather than going with a long-term strategy.

“Jose Mourinho is a great manager, one of the best managers in the world over the last 15 years and will go down in history. You have to back him all the way.

“It looks to me at the moment like the board have retreated a little bit.”

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