Jamie Redknapp: Manchester United’s derby win was a massive statement for Jose Mourinho

Jamie Redknapp: Manchester United’s derby win was a massive statement for Jose Mourinho

Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Manchester United’s derby win was a massive statement for Jose Mourinho more so than it was for Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman inspired his team to a comeback win vs Manchester City to deny Pep Guardiola’s men the Premier League title.

The Sky Blues found themselves 2-0 up at half time after a gutless performance by United in the first 45 minutes but Mourinho’s men came firing back after the break.

Pogba grabbed a brace and Chris Smalling grabbed the winner to send the away fans at the Etihad into absolute mayhem at what they just witnessed.

Redknapp though believes that as good as the former Juventus man was there was more on the line for Jose and so it was more of a statement win for the latter.

According to the Sport Review, Jamie said to the Daily Mail: “Manchester United’s derby triumph will go down as the day Paul Pogba inspired a turnaround but for me, this was more about Jose Mourinho.

“Pogba cannot get sacked but Mourinho can, so do not underestimate how enormous this result was for the United manager. It was a massive statement.

“It was one to win over the floating voters, one to convince any fans who were starting to wonder whether Mourinho was still the right man for the job.”

The pundit’s words certainly do make sense with plenty of Red Devils fans who were undecided on the Portuguese manager now backing him.

Jose Mourinho has the support of most of the Old Trafford faithful but there’s no denying that there’s been some frustrating moments that they’ve had to endure.

At the start of the season there was no real expectations of a title win and a Champions League spot was seen as decent progress.

However, Manchester United’s incredible start to the campaign suddenly saw talk of a title challenge being on the line and so when it didn’t transpire frustrations grew.

Mourinho’s done well to still steer the ship correctly and if he can secure a second placed finish as well as the FA Cup trophy then he would’ve saved the club’s season.

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