Manchester United enjoyed many trophy laden years under the legendary Scot, Sir Alex Ferguson.
It’s been about five years since Ferguson’s departure, but it seems the club are yet to get that ‘perfect’ manager after five years now, and now the club are experiencing its worst start to a Premier League season.
David Moyes was the man chosen to take over from Ferguson, but he was sacked in his first season even before the end of that campaign. Louis Van Gaal was given two years after that, but even he was sacked at the end of his second season, and reports of his sack was even confirmed the day before United’s FA Cup triumph.
And now, the ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho is at the verge of suffering a similar fate. The Portuguese is in his third year at the club, and rumours of a sack have been reported. Rumours from Friday claim Mourinho could lose his job after the game against Newcastle, irrespective of what the scoreline is.
This rumour has prompted Gary Neville to react angrily.
When asked if it would be the right decision, the Sky Sports pundit replied: “No. I think to be honest with you I’m furious.
“I’m furious with three or four years ago when David Moyes was sacked and it was broken a day before to journalists. I think of Louis van Gaal being sacked the evening of a cup final and finding out from other people.
“I think about how the club is being operated. If this is true, and Jose Mourinho is going to walk out at Old Trafford tomorrow as almost like a dead man walking, those fans will absolutely turn towards that boardroom. It’s unacceptable. I have to say that Jose Mourinho will get the biggest support he’s ever had in his life in that ground and I’ll be there to give it to him.
“Because if this is true and it’s broken the day before it’s going to happen and he’s going to be sacked after the game or at the weekend it’s an absolute disgrace. Where is the values and the principles of Manchester United if this is true?
“At the end of the day this is going on for five or six years and I have to say Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world any manager would struggle in that football club in the way in which the recruitment is handled, how it operates.
“Enough is enough for me. I love that football club. I absolutely love it to death, it’s been my life. It’s given me everything. I’m not turning on my football club but I have to say, something has to change – and it isn’t the manager. It’s above that. I’m furious at thinking this has broken out.
“Journalists don’t break stories of this nature unless they’re absolutely certain. I hope it’s not true but if it is true it’s an absolute disgrace.”
However, reports from the BBC have denied such claims about the sack of the manager and have revealed that the United board is still in support of Mourinho and met with his representatives, notably Jorge Mendes, in London on Friday.
According to the report, the board reassured Mourinho’s camp that he would still be given time to turn things around, and club officials dismissed reports of his looming exit as nonsense.