Gary Neville: This is what Jose Mourinho is doing wrong at Man United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville believes two or three wins will alleviate the pressure currently surrounding Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Mourinho’s men currently sit in seventh spot in the table after failing to win any of their last four Premier League matches.

Their most recent outing, a painful 0-0 draw with Burnley, leaves Man United eight points off the table’s summit after ten games.

However, Neville has insisted a few wins on the trot will rectify the ire currently surrounding United’s Premier League form.

“I think at the moment he’s the one that’s getting put under pressure, but nothing that two or three wins won’t change,” he said.

“I have to say I thought they deserved to win (against Burnley), they didn’t play badly at all. It wasn’t an ‘oh they’re not playing for him, they’re not with him’. There’s none of that.

“I think when he was at Chelsea there’s all that talk he’d lost the dressing room. There’s nothing like that happening at Manchester United.”

Saturday’s draw with Burnley revealed exactly where the issues currently lie at Old Trafford. On a systematic level, United are heading in the right direction under Mourinho; the ‘game-plan’, so to speak, carves out opportunities on a regular basis. Even amid the humiliation at Stamford Bridge, United forged multiple opportunities.

The structure, therefore, is very encouraging, which is more than can be said for Mourinho’s two predecessors. United’s problem at this given time essentially boils down to something resembling a psychological impasse – a lack of mental conviction when pinning opponents back (Stoke City and Burnley are the latest examples). This isn’t easy to rectify, but a few comfortable wins could help this side gel even further and perhaps in turn address their currently fragile mental approach.

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