Former Manchester United player Phil Neville believes the club have to “got to be the best” and says appointing Jose Mourinho as manager will help achieve that success.
Mourinho was sacked in December after champions Chelsea made a poor start to their title defence, losing nine of their first 16 matches, while he was involved in a high-profile dispute with club doctor Eva Carneiro, who was dismissed and pursued a constructive dismissal case against the club.
The BBC understands Mourinho will replace Louis van Gaal who said last week that expectations at Old Trafford were “much too high”, despite United winning the FA Cup on Saturday.
And Neville who was assistant to Moyes during the latter’s short spell at Old Trafford disagrees with Van Gaal, insisting that Jose is the best man for the job. The former England international, who played for United from 1995-2005 told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek:
“For as long as I’ve known it you’ve got to be the best at Manchester United.
“Mourinho is a proven winner. United fans want a team challenging for the league title, they don’t want a team finishing in seventh or fifth.
“When Jose finishes at a club there is a pattern where he falls out with players, gets disgruntled and the team dips.
“I can’t see him staying for too long at United – maybe two or three years seems to be his shelf life at a club – but as long as he brings success United fans won’t be unhappy.
“The pressure of football management and demands from owners and supporters and media now means two to three years in a job is enough.” Neville stated.
Mourinho won three Premier League titles in two spells at Chelsea and has also won domestic leagues in his homeland, Italy and Spain.
United last won the Premier League in 2013 – in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge – and have since finished seventh, fourth and fifth, missing out on next season’s Champions League.