EPL 2016/17: Jose Mourinho has the support of the Manchester United dressing room, says Gary Neville
Former Manchester United captain and current Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville firmly believes that current Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho has the support and backing of the Manchester United dressing room, claiming the situation at United is much different from that at Chelsea.
Mourinho hasn’t lost the dressing room
Speaking after United's disappointing draw against Burnley, Neville said, "They had enough chances to win the game [against Burnley]. I think at the moment he’s the one that’s getting put under pressure, but nothing that two or three wins won’t change. I have to say I thought they deserved to win; they didn’t play badly at all. It wasn’t an ‘oh they’re not playing for him, they’re not with him. There’s none of that.”
“I think when he was at Chelsea there’s all that talk he’d lost the dressing room. There’s nothing like that happening at Manchester United. The players gave their all and deserved to win, but Burnley was resolute, resilient, blocked everything and they missed quite a few chances.”
Neville does not believe Mourinho has lost the dressing room at United like he did at Chelsea after which he was sacked in December.
The former England coach believes it will take a while longer for Mourinho to figure out his trusted bunch, but is adamant that he needs to sort it out as soon as possible, with United losing ground on their rivals challenging for the title and a spot in the top four.
Mourinho has not enjoyed a brilliant start to the season with United languishing in eighth spot and eight points off leaders Manchester City and seven points off fourth-placed Chelsea.
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal were sacked from their position as managers following their failure to finish in the Champions League qualifying places.
However, only ten games into the season, Jose Mourinho has the time and experience to bring about a drastic change at Old Trafford. The win over Manchester City in last week’s EFL Cup seemed like a significant boost to the morale of the side, but United failed to score past a brilliant Tom Heaton and Burnley and in the process dropped two points at home.
Although Gary Neville claims Mourinho has not entirely won the trust of all his players yet, he has the backing of the board, the dressing room and everyone at United to help change the fortunes of the club around.
Manchester United face a tough trip to Fenerbahce on Thursday, followed by a game against Swansea City in the Premier League.