August 28, 2018 / 6:56 AM / 3 months ago

Soccer: Neville urges struggling Manchester United to stick with Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho before the Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United match at the American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - August 19, 2018 Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/File photo

(Reuters) - Manchester United must stick with manager Jose Mourinho despite the club’s dismal start to the Premier League campaign, former defender Gary Neville has said.

Monday’s 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur was the second loss of United’s opening three matches and they now languish in 13th place ahead of next weekend’s trip to Burnley.

Mourinho signed a contract extension in January to keep him at United until 2020 and Neville said he must be given the chance to turn the team’s fortunes around.

“We saw Louis van Gaal sacked after an FA Cup final victory, we saw David Moyes sacked with four games to go of a season, so we are no longer talking about a club that is behaving as it has historically done,” he told Sky’s Monday Night Football.

“I accept these are different times and I accept the difficulties and challenges, but my honest view as I stand here now is that Ed Woodward gave him a contract last season ... he should see that contract through to the end and do the job.

“You can’t keep jumping around with managers... “

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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