GARY NEVILLE BACKS MOURINHO AS HE HAILS MANCHESTER UNITED’S SPIRIT AGAINST NEWCASTLE

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Manchester United have been under pressure this season as the club seem to be struggling in Jose Mourinho’s third season. The job of the manager seems to be under threat and reports emanated that he could be sacked after the game against Newcastle.

Ten minutes into the clash against Rafa Benitez’s men, United were losing by two goals, and it had to take a dramatic comeback in the second half for United to get the win, with Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez scoring three goals in the last 20 minutes of the game to get the victory.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has backed Mourinho to continue in the job and he hailed the spirit that was witnessed at Old Trafford as United bounced back to win the game 3-2.

“In terms of those earlier reports emanating that Jose wouldn’t be at the club, I’d be stunned if he wasn’t at Stamford Bridge in a couple of weeks’ time because ultimately the game was won [versus Newcastle] and you could see the spirit at the club,” the former United captain and right-back told Sky Sports.

Many believe Mourinho has lost his magic touch as the Portuguese has been successful in every club he has managed, and earned the nickname ‘Special One’ in his first stint as Chelsea boss.

However, Gary Neville still thinks Mourinho is a great manager and hasn’t lost it.

“Jose is a serial winner, and I don’t buy into this theory that he’s finished, that he’s a manager of yesterday,” Neville added.

“I heard that from 2003 to 2006 about Sir Alex Ferguson when Arsene Wenger and Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho first came to England.

“There were suggestions that it was the end of Sir Alex, but he needed to build a new team, and Jose needs time to work it out.

“I hope the club can back Jose with the players he wants in January, and the players he doesn’t want. That’s the key thing. I’ve got the feeling in the last few months that the club have retreated a little bit on him in the transfer market, but maybe even retreated on him in terms of the players he doesn’t want.

“I feel there’s maybe a tug-of-war (between Mourinho and the board) and that needs to stop.”