Manchester United must keep faith 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 was United’s second in their opening three matches and they languish in 13th ahead of this 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 Sport’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. ”
Meanwhile, Harry Kane says Tottenham’s win is a big statement to their title rivals.
“It’s massive, just what we needed,” said Kane, who opened the scoring in the rout.
“We wanted to put a statement out there. We need to kill teams off, especially away from home. After the goal we had the high press, we were playing it quicker, moving in behind and punished them when we needed to.
“We took our chances and coming here to Old Trafford and winning 3-0 is a big, big result.”
Tottenham’s victory was their first at United since 2014. Their next league game is on Sunday at Watford, who have also won their opening three games.