Former Manchester United star Phil Neville believes manager Jose Mourinho was right to publicly criticise Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling for missing the recent game against Swansea City.
The Portuguese tactician came under fire from some quarters for generating bad headlines and souring the mood at Old Trafford, but Neville says the club’s fans will be behind him.
Despite a rocky start at United this season, Neville does not believe the ex-Chelsea boss has become a bad manager overnight, and says his main problem at the moment is the doubters pouncing on every single mistake.
‘Jose is the right man to bring success back to Manchester United,’ Neville told BBC Radio Five Live. ‘I think what’s getting on Jose’s nerves is that people are doubting him.
‘How can you doubt a man that has been so successful? That’s what’s getting under his skin.
’12 months doesn’t make you a bad manager. Every press conference he has to go and justify his record and tell people his quality.
‘People are doubting whether his bad spell at Chelsea and time at United is the end of Jose Mourinho.
‘I think it’s a load of rubbish. Jose is still one of the best managers in world football and I think he’ll prove that at Manchester United.
‘The crowd are with Jose, 100 per cent. I think they liked his comments before and after the Swansea game when he singled out a few players for being mentally weak.
‘It had come to the point where something needed to be said.’