Neville reveals why he admires ‘courageous’ Mourinho

Former Manchester United defender and the current coach of England’s Women’s team Phil Neville reckons that Jose Mourinho has been courageous in how he has handled his sides difficult start to the season.

Manchester United manager Mourinho is under severe pressure after his side lost two of their opening three Premier League games, and it has even been suggested that if the Portuguese coach loses away to Burnley today he could be sacked.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has often been criticised in the past for publicly demeaning his players, but Neville reckons that because Mourinho has not been critical of his players in the press recently it means he is a courageous manager.

“He’ll not be happy with what he has seen in the first three games but he is the right man for the job because of his proven track record,” Neville told the BBC.

“There were times when [former Manchester United manager] Sir Alex Ferguson took the pressure off us as players.

“All the focus is on Jose because he is taking the battering at the moment. That is a sign of a courageous manager that doesn’t throw his players under a bus and is protecting them.”

“There are players in that Manchester United dressing room that probably know that they can be playing better but he is not criticising them publicly at the moment.

“He is actually taking the hits for them. As a young manager, that’s something that I am looking at and thinking ‘that’s something that I would like to do for my players’.”

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