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Gary Neville suggested that Jose Mourinho’s time at Manchester United should come to an end following the side’s 1-0 defeat to Brighton.
Six changes were made to the team that got the better of Arsenal and the Red Devils looked disjointed from the start at Falmer Stadium, with David De Gea forced into making big saves before half-time.
Pascal Gross broke the deadlock for Brighton in the 57th minute and Chris Hughton’s men held on for a famous victory to secure their survival in the Premier League.
Mourinho tore into his players after the match and Neville believes the performance on Friday night proved that several members of the squad have stopped playing for their manager.
‘It felt to me like it was a final straw for him with some of the players. The trust that you need with players had gone,’ the former United defender told Sky Sports.
‘I’m trying to find the word that you’d use to describe that kind of performance. I’ve said ‘woeful’ and ‘awful’, but it was a shocker from first minute to last minute.
‘I never thought at half-time that Manchester United would come out in the second half and repeat their first-half performance, but they did. In fact Brighton’s best period was 20 minutes after half-time.
‘Mourinho said it was important to him that four points were achieved to finish second and he couldn’t convey that to his players.’
Neville claimed that United would be justified in sacking Mourinho but admitted this was unrealistic.
‘When you can’t get your message into your players then either the manager has to go or the players have to go,’ he added.
‘At this moment in time Manchester United are not going to lose Jose Mourinho, so he’s going to make some big changes in that dressing room.
‘It was so bad, so bad. I haven’t got words for it. I said during commentary that I felt if there’s any player who wondered why he wasn’t playing in the cup final, you can just show them this video.
‘They’ve got no excuse. It wasn’t the fact that they played badly, it was that their attitude was terrible. It was awful.’