GARY NEVILLE reckons Jose Mourinho has tailored his fashion to get his Tottenham aspect enjoying tasty soccer – which merely wasn’t the case at Manchester United.
The previous Pink Devils right-back, 45, recurrently criticised the Portuguese boss throughout his time at Outdated Trafford.
Jose Mourinho has tailored his fashion to assist his Tottenham aspect get to the highest of the deskCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
However after a 12 months in cost at Spurs, he has the North Londoners prime of the Premier League, defensively strong and potent in assault with Harry Kane properly supported.
The dynamic entrance three of Kane, Son Heung-min and both Steven Bergwijn or Gareth Bale is a stark distinction from among the line-ups Mourinho used throughout his time at United.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Neville highlighted Mourinho’s set-up at Liverpool in October 2016 with Zlatan Ibrahimovic isolated up front as Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba struggled to rise up and assist from midfield.
He wrote: “When Jose Mourinho was at Manchester United, one thing simply did not really feel proper. Maybe, it was the match and in addition the way in which Jose was.
“We all the time used to consult with ‘Mourinho masterclasses’ when he gained video games and that he was wiser, smarter and cuter than the opposition managers.
“There’s been a component of disrespect previously few years whereby his fashion of play has been criticised to the purpose that it is outdated and that the sport has now handed him by.
“I recall a sport when he was Manchester United supervisor in opposition to Liverpool, and I got here away considering that I could not watch United enjoying this manner.
“Mourinho successfully went with a again six and it was determined to look at. I went away considering, ‘United have to have greater than that.’ Jose performed a non-dominant fashion of soccer.”
Nevertheless, Mourinho is getting one of the best out of his Spurs gamers.
For the reason that opening-day defeat to Everton, they’re unbeaten within the Premier League, main the way in which on purpose distinction with one of the best defensive file within the division.
They’ve overwhelmed each Manchester golf equipment comprehensively and earned a 0-0 draw at Chelsea on their way to the top.
Neville is clearly having fun with what he’s seeing – and reckons Mourinho’s flexibility means they’re real title contenders.
He added: “[At Spurs] Mourinho nonetheless desires the defensive stability. He nonetheless desires the clear sheet, and I do not assume he wholly trusts his again 4 at Tottenham however you have a look at this Spurs staff now, with Moussa Sissoko and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg screening, and you have nonetheless acquired a again six [as he had for United against Liverpool] however there are large variations.
“Firstly, the place of Harry Kane is quite a bit deeper to Zlatan Ibrahimovic into a spot that is troublesome to choose up. Secondly, and a very powerful factor, is that Son and Bergwijn are close to to him.
“Now Jose has the proper gamers nonetheless in superior positions to counter-attack rapidly.
“It is a refined change but it surely’s the identical system as earlier than another way. It’s much more palatable and it is simpler on the attention as you’ve got nonetheless acquired the attacking gamers in attacking positions.
“Jose has tailored, and he is acquired the steadiness of being good defensively with the menace on the counter-attack.
“I really feel he has to play this strategy to have an opportunity of successful the title as a result of I do not assume his again 4 is robust sufficient with out two gamers beefing it up.
“They are going to be a large menace to most groups and Jose has a plan on learn how to win the league this season.”
Gary Neville highlighted the distinction in method from his Manchester United daysCredit score: Sky Sports activities
Kane and Son are near turning into the most-prolific duo in PL historical past