Gary Neville backs Mourinho: ‘Fergie was once yesterday’s manager’

source: football365

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’s 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’t buy the theory that Mourinho’s approach is no longer relevant and the former United captain believes the current boss can draw inspiration from an Old Trafford icon.

“I’m not sure this is a case where a new manager can come in and hit the ground running, pick a team up and say, ‘Right we will be champions in 12 months,’” he told the Sky Sports Gary Neville Podcast. “Jose is a serial winner – he’s always won wherever he’s been – and I don’t buy into this theory that Jose Mourinho’s finished, that he’s a manager of yesterday, that Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino are today’s managers.

“I 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’t win the title for three years.

“There were suggestions in that period, ‘Oh is this the end of Sir Alex?’ 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.

“He needs some time – not to build a new team – but he needs time to work this out.”

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