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Mourinho Responds To Neville, Laments Lack Of Backing At United

Jose Mourinho has been doing the rounds on beIN Sports since his departure from Manchester United.

The split between manager and club was acrimonious, and Mourinho had some interesting things to say when appearing on the Qatar-based show with ex-Chelsea star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, and the ex-Sky Sports duo of Andy Gray and Richard Keys.

It’s the opinion of a current Sky pundit in Gary Neville that was brought up on the show in relation to his tenure at Old Trafford.

Neville made the point that a manager should never be appointed at United with a philosophy that runs counter to that of which the club became famous for over the decades. As many of the United faithful would attest to, Mourinho’s negative, defensive philosophy stood in contrast to United’s attacking nature.

Mourinho tied his denial of this into how he feels that rivals Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola received more support in the transfer window at their respective clubs.

“It depends, he doesn’t know my philosophy,” Mourinho stated. “My philosophy depends. I would love to go to a club and be in the conditions to do what Jurgen and Pep did.

“You look at the Liverpool team that started today, how many of those players were there before Jurgen arrived? When Pep was not happy with the four full-back he had and he bought four full-backs he liked.

“Jurgen was in the club for three-and-a-half years and has won absolutely nothing he still has the trust, and the confidence and the conditions to keep going and going and probably this season they have a big chance to do it but it will be the first time they have a chance to win a trophy.”

He expanded on the situations of the other two managers, and despite the focus on their transfer activity, he was adamant that his next club would have to address the structure he wants in place as a top priority, rather than transfer targets or budgets.

“I don’t focus on the football itself, I have to focus also in what is to prepare the future,” he continued. “I think the future starts to be prepared with principles.

“That is more important than the football you watch and comment on. It is more important the culture you bring to the club, the principles, so it is a bit more complex.

“That’s why in my next job I will not be starting a conversation with a club unless I know what the club wants and what the club can give in terms of structure and in terms of the club’s objectives.”

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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