Cape Town - Ex-Manchester United star Phil Neville
has come to the defence of Jose Mourinho, claiming that criticism of the
Portuguese manager is becoming "personal".
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Neville, who played as a defender or midfielder before later serving
as first team coach under then manager David Moyes, has urged the Red
Devils to restore the togetherness in the club which existed during Sir
Alex Ferguson's 27-year spell in charge.
This comes in the wake of a claim by Mourinho that he was being
subjected to a "manhunt" and blamed for everything going wrong at Old
"I think Jose is still someone that I look up to and admire because
managers go through tough times," said the current England women's head
coach, as quoted by Goal.
"I've been sacked twice and it hurts when people level things at you,
in defeat or at bad times, it can get personal and maybe some of it has
got personal with Jose.
"I agree with Jose. I think there is a bit of a manhunt out there -
everyone seems to be looking at him. I think they've got the right man
who can handle that sort of situation."
Neville called for unity from top to bottom within the club, claiming
that the team reaped the benefits of it during their 3-2 comeback win
over Newcastle United on Saturday.
"My feeling when I think of the great Manchester United teams, I think of the togetherness of the whole club," he said.
"The directors coming down in the dressing room after we had won
European Cup finals, FA Cup finals - we shared the success. We used to
celebrate with the supporters on the bus tours of the city.
"It's all or nothing. You can't go fighting a war on your own, you've
got to fight it together and I think that would be the biggest thing
about Saturday - all of a sudden everyone came together."