Gary Neville: Wrong time for Ed Woodward to doubt Jose Mourinho

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Ed Woodward, the club's executive vice-chairman, who has already presided over the sackings of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, craves some stability.

Jose Mourinho has said he will no longer be criticising individual Manchester United players in public, a major reversal of past patterns, following the abject performance in a 3-2 defeat at Brighton on Sunday. I do think they will finish in the top four, but the top four historically has never been the benchmark of what Manchester United are.

"My view would be he has to stay to the very end of that contract and be backed to the end of the contract".

Mourinho wanted another central defender during the transfer window and Neville believes his former club are paying the price for not strengthening at the back.

Many are beginning to doubt Mourinho's reign in charge at Old Trafford after an average pre-season and a lack of transfer activity, but one fan has gone to new extremes in a bid to get rid. He had to get Maguire and Alderweireld because they wouldn't have made those mistakes at Brighton.

Competition for wing places for March, who signed a new four-year deal in the summer, is fierce from Anthony Knockaert, new record signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh and the currently injured Jose Izquierdo as Albion now head for another severe test against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday (5.30pm).

"The tempo of the game was very good and I must admit, even if we hadn't got the result, I would have been really delighted with the way our team played the game and the levels that we got to, to try and get a result."

"He gave everyone that helped the club to the Premier League an opportunity in the Premier League and I think most of us have taken that opportunity".

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"Something is going to have to give somewhere along the line".

"The Club need serious footballing people who know how to make decisions about football".

Lee Sharpe was speaking at the McDonald's & West Riding FA Community Football Day in Bradford.

"The CEO sat in his spot for two minutes after the game on Sunday in what I can only describe as something I don't want to see the CEO of Manchester United do".

'What Manchester United have been doing for the last five or six years is basically bouncing from one strategy to another.

Mourinho is the favourite with most bookmakers to be the first Premier League manager to leave his post this season.

Shown the door by Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge, Conte will be eager to get back into management, and will no doubt want to show his qualities as a manager again, but United fans may feel a little disappointed were he to end up in the north west, as if Mourinho were to leave then they'd be desperate to gain a proven victor, preferably with significant Champions League experience.

Zidane won the Champions League a staggering three consecutive times.

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