Mour should drop Roo and Ibra

> Neville in­stead wants Mkhi­taryan, Mar­tial and Rash­ford to lead the for­ward line

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GARY NEVILLE in­sists Jose Mour­inho should line Manch­ester United up with­out Wayne Rooney or Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic.

The for­mer Manch­ester United right back picked his ideal XI from Mour­inho’s squad and went for pace up top.

Neville picked a front three of Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan, An­thony Mar­tial and Mar­cus Rash­ford to lead the line.

Neville also chose Da­ley Blind ahead of un­der fire Luke Shaw but kept faith in Chris Smalling to part­ner Eric Bailly at the back.

Shaw and Smalling have been ac­cused of be­ing to soft for United with Mour­inho ques­tion­ing their men­tal­ity and abil­ity to play through pain.

It has since emerged that Smalling has a bro­ken toe.

United have had a mixed start to life un­der Mour­inho and are sixth in the ta­ble af­ter 11 games.

Their win over Swansea last week was their first since Septem­ber’s vic­tory over Le­ices­ter.

And Neville to­day had his say on the team he’d pick if he was in charge.

He said: “Well, David De Gea is the easy one in goal. I would then pick An­to­nio Va­len­cia, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and prob­a­bly Da­ley Blind at left­back at this mo­ment in time.

“I would then have Paul Pogba to the left in mid­field, Michael Car­rick, An­der Her­rera in there. Then ahead of them, I’d have Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan to the right and then....An­thony Mar­tial to the left and Mar­cus Rash­ford up front.”

On Rash­ford, Neville added: “When I see Mar­cus Rash­ford and Jesse Lingard on the pitch, it makes me feel proud that Manch­ester United can be true to it­self and its prin­ci­ples.”

Neville ac­knowl­edged that United have strug­gled to fill the void left be­hind bySir Alex Fer­gu­son but feels the club should treat Jose Mour­inho the same as Fer­gu­son

While it has been clear for all to see, Neville ad­mits it was al­ways go­ing to hap­pen.

The Scot left Manch­ester United in 2013, hav­ing won 38 tro­phies, in­clud­ing 13 Pre­mier League ti­tles.

Since Fer­gu­son’s de­par­ture, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal have tried their luck at bring­ing reg­u­lar sil­ver­ware to Old Traf­ford but have failed to reach the level ex­pected.

Mour­inho is un­der­go­ing a dif­fi­cult time at the helm now too, with United sixth in the ta­ble, eight points adrift of lead­ers Liver­pool al­ready.

The Por­tuguese boss has been crit­i­cal of his play­ers in pub­lic in re­cent weeks with the likes of Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling be­ing dealt some harsh warn­ings.

In com­par­i­son, Fer­gu­son was well known for giv­ing his play­ers a dress­ing down be­hind closed doors.

But de­spite their dif­fer­ences, Neville reck­ons Mour­inho should be given the same amount of time to prove him­self as what Fer­gu­son got when he first ar­rived in Manch­ester.

“United floun­der­ing was al­ways go­ing to hap­pen af­ter Fer­gu­son. The con­trol he had over the club and the aura he has about him left a void,” Neville said. Wayne Rooney (left) and Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic

“His press con­fer­ences al­ways felt like more of a mes­sage to his play­ers than to the me­dia and you would buy into what he said.

“Fergie was given time and the op­por­tu­nity to grow and sta­bilise the club when he came. Now, United keep chas­ing im­me­di­ate suc­cess.

“But foot­ball is the only business I know where the em­ploy­ers have more power than the boss. Fail­ure can’t just be blamed on the man­ager.” – Ex­press News­pa­pers

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