Former Manchester United stalwart Gary Neville believes that Mourinho is facing the ‘biggest challenge’ of his entire career after losing to Spurs.
Old Trafford has played host to many glorious games and victories for United over the years but rarely has it been the venue for such an earth-shattering low for supporters as this. United’s 3-0 loss to Spurs on Monday was genuinely shocking, mainly for the fact that at home Mourinho’s men have rarely put a foot wrong during in his reign as manager.
The Red Devils lost just two games at the Theatre Of Dreams last year and seemingly managed to re-install some of the fear factor that Sir Alex Ferguson enjoyed at home during his trophy-laden tenure at the club. However, the team is now further away than ever from such heights and crucially already six points behind the frontrunners at the top of the Premier League table.
Under the Portuguese boss’s stewardship, United have developed a reputation for negative football and a more pragmatic approach to winning football matches, which up until now had largely been excused because the team’s fortunes have improved slightly over the last two years.
But it appears that now time might have finally run out for Mourinho after tonight’s result. Manchester United are an institution associated with free-flowing, fluid, attacking football but in recent times that style of play has been completely absent. According to Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, the United boss now has a mountain to climb to turn things around and he even suggests that he doesn’t know his best starting XI.
As The Daily Mail reports, he told Sky Sports post-match: “This is the biggest challenge Jose Mourinho has faced.
“He has got to come out of it because I have to say I look at the squad and the team and I’m not sure what the best XI is.
“The buck stops with the manager, it always does and it has to. At the moment there doesn’t look to be a balanced outfit there at all.”
The former defender’s comments will likely confirm what all supporters are thinking in the wake of Monday evening’s events and the question is now, will Mourinho be given the time to turn things around?
At the moment the situation seems very bleak indeed and if the mood around the club is not lifted by a swift upturn in results then it is unlikely that the 55-year-old tactician will remain in the hot seat for much longer.