Last week’s 1-1 draw with Everton was Man United ninth draw at Old Trafford in 12 Premier League games, leaving them languishing outside the top four.
Mourinho, speaking after the 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion just days before, noted that his side’s malaise in front of goal was their biggest problem this season and called on his players to improve their potency going forward.
And Neville has reiterated such sentiments, noting that Mourinho cannot afford to keep dropping points at home.
“It’s been the biggest problem they’ve had all season, drawing too many matches and not killing teams off with a number of opportunities they’ve had,” he said.
“I am sure Jose Mourinho will know how to fix it in the summer, because he needs to; ultimately it’s not enough, you cannot keep dropping points at home, it’s frustrating.”
United’s placing in the table and continued misery at home would make you think otherwise, but they are in a better position to eradicate such teething problems over the next year as opposed to where they were after their first season under Louis van Gaal.
The Dutchman took his side to the Champions League but, in hindsight, it was hard to see how they could really improve. There was not necessarily one specific area that needed addressing, and Van Gaal, in turn, continued in more or less the same way and ended up regressing.
Mourinho, on the other hand, can take to the summer transfer window with one clear – and indeed solvable problem – in his head: to transform this current side into an outfit capable of dismissing lesser sides at home. Whether he manages to do so will, I imagine, determine his fate as United manager.