Man United legend Neville reacts to reports of Jose Mourinho sacking
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has hit out at claims Jose Mourinho will get sacked this weekend.
With United starting the new season in such poor fashion and the special ones handling of the squad over the last few months, there has been a lot of speculation in the media that he will be sacked well before the January transfer window if results do not improve, with former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane linked with a mega money move.
But Neville gave a furious reaction to reports on Friday evening Mourinho will be sacked this weekend, no matter what the result is against Newcastle, and has insisted it is a “disgrace” if they are true and the news has been leaked to a journalist.
He was quoted on the Sky Sports website:“To be honest with you, I’m furious.
I was furious three or four years ago when David Moyes was sacked and it broke a day before to journalists.
I think of Louis van Gaal being sacked on an evening of an FA Cup final and finding out from other people.
I think about how the club is being operated. If this is true – and we don’t know if it is – and Jose Mourinho is going to walk out at Old Trafford on Saturday almost as a dead man walking, those fans will absolutely turn towards that boardroom. It’s unacceptable.
I have to say Jose Mourinho will get that the biggest support he’s ever had in his life in that ground – and I will be there to give it to him.
If this is true and it has broken the day before it’s going to happen and he’s going to be sacked at the weekend, it’s an absolute disgrace.
Where are the values and the principles of Manchester United if this is true?
At the end of the day, this has been going on for five or six years. Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world and I think at this moment in time any manager in the world would struggle at that football club with the way that the recruitment is handled, the way in which it is operated.
Enough is enough for me. I absolutely love that football club, I absolutely love it to death. It’s been my life, it’s given me everything and 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 that a report has broken out. Journalists don’t break stories of this nature unless they are absolutely certain.
I hope it’s not true but if it is true I think it’s an absolute disgrace.”
I Mourinho gets sacked, here is what we think.
Neville is right and it is not a United thing to do to leak rumours which suggest they will get rid of Mourinho even if the side puts in a solid performance and get the three points over Newcastle.
But Mourinho has proven in the past that when he loses the backing of the players and hierarchy, then his time in the job will be coming to an end so he will either walk before he gets pushed or will wait until United do sack him.
Either way he is living on borrowed time at Old Trafford.