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EPL 2016/17: Gary Neville warns Manchester United against sacking Jose Mourinho

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Neville has called for United fans to back the manager

Former Manchester United right-back, Gary Neville, has warned his former employers to not sack struggling Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho for the way the team has performed thus far.

The former Real Madrid manager, who once claimed to be the ‘Special One’, has endured a torrid time with the Red Devils as they lie at number 6 spot after 11 match days.

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At the MEN Business of the Year Awards, the legendary United full-back has urged the club to stick with the Portuguese and allow him an extended run at the Theatre of Dreams.   

"It's going to take some time for United to get through this thing of sacking managers if they don't come in fourth.

"They have to really live with Mourinho now and hopefully it will work and he can get it right because we need some stability there.”

Mourinho still doesn’t know his best XI, says Neville

The former Valencia manager, however, also said that he expected Manchester United to settle in quick with the expensive purchase of world class talents that they made over the course of the summer, but now thinks that it is going to some more painful time before the fans can see their beloved team click.   

"I thought United would settle down quicker than they have with the new signings, they haven't - it looks like it's still going to be a bit painful.”

The former Inter manager, according to Neville, doesn’t yet know his best XI and, as a result, has had to tamper with it every now and then—causing instability within the team.


"Mourinho has always been about picking his best 11 and he will deliver the win. He has had to change it constantly and he doesn't know his best team yet."

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After a summer of flamboyant and big money purchases that saw the Old Trafford club break the record of the highest amount of money paid to buy a player when they signed Paul Pogba from Juventus for a whopping £89 million, the fans had hoped that the club would be catapulted out of mediocrity that they found themselves in ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

However, the outcome has been anything but as the frustration of United fans has grown even further with the team’s lacklustre display every week. It seems as though Jose Mourinho has his work cut out.

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