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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has been told that Jose Mourinho still has the dressing room on his side at Old Trafford.
Mourinho is under intense pressure after only his team’s second game of the season, with friction between the Portuguese manager and the board seemingly impacting United’s players on the pitch.
While signing a top-class central defender was Mourinho’s priority in the summer, only Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant entered through the doors before the deadline.
United’s 3-2 defeat away at Brighton exposed the side’s frailties, particularly in defence, but Neville has apparently been informed that the players’ spirits remain high.
‘I speak to people at the club and I think that there is a good spirit in the dressing room. Sunday was a poor performance,’ Neville said on his podcast after United’s shambles at Falmer Stadium.
‘This idea… he’s not lost the players. I don’t think for one minute he’s lost the players so I think it would be wrong to suggest that about this game.
‘That will be the wedge that will be tried to be driven.’
Neville believes Mourinho must distance himself from mind games and focus his efforts on Monday night’s clash with Tottenham.
‘I have felt it being forced a little bit with the Paul Pogba issue this week. They’re trying to force this issue,’ he said.
‘I think he will leave the players because what he needs now is get them right for a week on Monday, a big game against Tottenham, and it is only the second game of the season.
‘It’s a worry but it’s only the second game of the season so it’s not terminal.’