Gary Neville has dismissed claims that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is finished in the modern game.
Mourinho is under increasing pressure at Old Trafford, with the Portuguese‚Äôs methods comparing unfavourably with his perma-positive rivals like Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola.
A number of United players are said to have fallen out with Mourinho, who has been vocal at times in his criticism of his under-performing squad.
But Neville doesn‚Äôt buy the theory that Mourinho‚Äôs approach is no longer relevant and the former United captain believes the current boss can draw inspiration from an Old Trafford icon.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm not sure this is a case where a new manager can come in and hit the ground running, pick a team up and say, ‚ÄėRight we will be champions in 12 months,’‚ÄĚ he told the Sky Sports Gary Neville Podcast. ‚ÄúJose is a serial winner ‚Äď he‚Äôs always won wherever he‚Äôs been ‚Äď and I don‚Äôt buy into this theory that Jose Mourinho‚Äôs finished, that he‚Äôs a manager of yesterday, that Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino are today‚Äôs managers.
‚ÄúI heard that from 2003 to 2006 about Sir Alex Ferguson when Arsene Wenger, Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho first came to England and Sir Alex Ferguson didn‚Äôt win the title for three years.
‚ÄúThere were suggestions in that period, ‚ÄėOh is this the end of Sir Alex?‚Äô But all it needed was a little bit more time to build a new team and Jose Mourinho needs some time to work it out.
‚ÄúHe needs some time ‚Äď not to build a new team ‚Äď but he needs time to work this out.‚ÄĚ