MOURINHO WILL BE A HIT AT UNITED JUST DON’T EXPECT HIM TO STAY LONG
Phil Neville backs Mourinho to deliver titles at United
Jose Mourinho is expected to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager, a move that Phil Neville believes will bring instant success to the newly-crowned FA Cup winners.
Despite Van Gaal securing the first piece of silverware since Alex Ferguson retired three years ago, the Dutchman is set to be shown the door.
Ultimately it seems a fifth-place finish in the Premier League and the lack of Champions League football has forced the United board to act.
And despite Mourinho being sacked by Chelsea back in December after a miserable start to their title defence, Neville believes he would be a success at Old Trafford.
“He’s a proven winner, a proven champion. United fans want a team that will challenge for the league title, not a team that finishes seventh or fifth, and Jose is probably the man for the job,” said Neville.
“Knowing Jose as I do, I think he will have done his homework and he’s meticulous in his planning.
“Don’t be surprised if United in the next month, and particularly before the Euros, sign three or four players and when he gets to pre-season he has his squad already in place.
“He knows who he wants and at the start he will demand United sign those players for United to become championship challengers again.”
While the former United defender expects Mourinho to deliver trophies, he cannot see the former Chelsea boss staying at the club for the long term.
“I can’t see him staying too long at United, maybe two or three years, that seems to be his shelf life at a football club,” added Neville. “When Jose finishes at a club it tends to be a pattern where he falls out with a few players, he gets disgruntled and the team dips.
“It happened at Chelsea, it happened at Real Madrid where there were rumours he fell out with a few players.
“It’s a pattern with Jose, he comes into a club, he gets success but he doesn’t stay for too long.”
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney believes that winning the FA Cup will make United’s youngsters hungry to land more trophies.
“A lot of players are new to the club but they’ve had that taste of success now so hopefully that kicks them on to want more and we can go on a good run for the next few years,” said the United captain who won the FA Cup for the first time. “It’s great to win trophies. This was a bit more important because we have been under a bit of pressure since Sir Alex left but we knew it was going to take time.”
“I can’t see him staying too long at United, maybe two or three years.” – PHIL NEVILLE