MANCHESTER - 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... "
Mourinho's side suffered a 3-2 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albiob in their second league fixture, after opening the campaign with an unconvincing 2-1 win over Leicester, meaning Monday's loss is also the second time they have conceded three goals.
After Monday's defeat, Mourinho responded to the speculation and uncertainty surrounding his job by demanding the British press respect him in spite of the results. "I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me, two for them. Respect!" he told reporters on exiting his post-match press conference.
"For the team to fight the way they did, with empathy, with solidarity and dignity to play together for Manchester United. one thing is clear: the team is united." #MUFC
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