Gary Neville has shared his thoughts on Jose Mourinho‘s time at Manchester United, claiming, whilst most criticism aimed the 53-year-old is unwarranted, the issue of inconsistency needs to be addressed.
Mourinho’s men have only won five of their first eleven Premier League games, causing many to write Man United off as title challengers this season.
However, despite a lacklustre start to the campaign, a win on Saturday against Arsenal could see United close the gap on leaders Liverpool to five points.
Speaking on Sky Sports earlier today, Neville gave his views on United’s current predicament.
“With some of the performances he has seen. I think what he will be most concerned about at the moment is the inconsistency, the fact his team’s performances fluctuate from being really good to being so bad.
“That’s the worst thing for a manager or a player – inconsistency. You want to trust your players so they can produce a high level of performance week in, week out. That doesn’t mean to say you have to always be at your best, but to get a very good minimum standard.
“I think we’re judging Jose Mourinho on a moment. You hear ridiculous things like: ‘Has he lost his magic?’ He won the league 18 months ago, he’s one of the most successful managers of all time and he’s only young in management terms.
“If Manchester United go and win the next four matches, Mourinho will be a genius again, they’ll say, and we’re very quick these days to shoot managers, coaches, players down, particularly those who have built up enough credit to prove it over a long period of time.”
The downfall of Mourinho’s last two predecessors was underpinned by a system that simply did not work. This isn’t something that Portuguese has to worry about, however. As Neville alluded to, United fans have already witnessed sensational performances this season. Mourinho’s system works, and it can be pretty lethal. That much is clear.
United’s current problem – inconsistency – is far harder to eradicate. Inconsistency is bred by mental fragility (a pervasive detriment for three years now), and it precludes this group of players from scalping the dizzy heights under Mourinho. But at least the 53-year-old has identified the problem. He understands the job at hand, and United fans ought to pledge their faith in the Special One as he takes on this major restructuring job.