MOUR­INHO WILL BE A HIT AT UNITED JUST DON’T EX­PECT HIM TO STAY LONG

Phil Neville backs Mour­inho to de­liver ti­tles at United

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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

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