English Premiership

Neville: United are not ready to win the title

2016-10-18 16:15
Gary Neville (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Gary Neville believes Manchester United need more time to build a title-winning squad, but has backed Jose Mourinho as the right man for the job.

The Red Devils employed a defensive tactic against Liverpool on Monday night as they played out a goalless draw at Anfield.

However, Neville has supported Mourinho's approach to the game and is convinced that United could have walked away with three points if they had more quality and pace in the side.

The former United defender doesn't believe the current squad has enough to challenge for the Premier League crown this campaign, but has confidence in Mourinho's ability to mould a team that can.

"In Mourinho's first year back at Chelsea he said they weren't ready to win the league and I don't think this Manchester United team are," he said on Sky Sports.

"The game plan was good but you've got to be able to counter-attack off of it, and that's the next step to really cause problems, but they didn't really have the quality or the pace to do that.

"United did exactly what Mourinho would have wanted but he said afterwards they fell a little bit short in the attacking third, and they didn't get enough set-pieces either.

He added: "He'll be brutal and clinical in terms of the players he doesn't want, he'll know already who he wants. He'll know what he needs and he'll be identifying those weaknesses already and thinking of shifting those players out.

"But there's no reason at this stage to not trust Mourinho as a Manchester United fan. There's no point sitting here and saying, 'Well, can he do it this time?' He's done it wherever he's been."

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