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Gary Neville: 'Manchester United should have backed Jose Mourinho in transfer market'

Neville: 'United should have backed Mourinho'
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Gary Neville accuses Manchester United of failing to back Jose Mourinho in the transfer market this summer and wonders why the club gave the coach a new deal in January.

Gary Neville has accused Manchester United of failing to back Jose Mourinho in the transfer market this summer and questioned why the club gave him a new deal in January.

The Portuguese coach extended his contract at Old Trafford until 2020 earlier this year but was left frustrated in his efforts to sign a new centre-back prior to the window's closure.

Man United fell to a humbling 3-2 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday which prompted much criticism from fans and pundits, as well as yielding questions over Mourinho's future at the club.

"The minute that [executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward] gave Mourinho a contract extension - which some would say was unnecessary part way through a season - but believing in a manager, showing the faith, he had to then buy him the centre-backs," Neville told Sky Sports News.

"Irrespective of the manager, Manchester United need new centre-backs. My view is that [Harry] Maguire and [Toby] Alderweireld would have been good options. If they cost £120m to bring them in, then that's what you have to do.

"My view would be that he's got to stay until the very end of that contract and be backed until the end of that contract if you're going to give a contract extension as the CEO of the club.

"At the moment, there is definitely an angst there between the club and the manager. Don't get me wrong - the club has supported him. But you can't three quarters build a house - you have to finish the job. United need serious football people to guide what they are doing."

United's next match sees them host Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford next Monday night.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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