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Gary Neville's fantastic analysis of Jose Mourinho's tactics at Man Utd

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It was far from entertaining but Jose Mourinho's Manchester United secured a narrow 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.

Despite a strong start to the season, the former Chelsea manager has been heavily criticised for his negative style of football recently.

They've managed only two goals in their last three games and fans witnessed one of the dullest 0-0 stalemates imaginable when Liverpool hosted Mourinho's side.

The 1-0 win over Tottenham kept the pressure on league leaders Manchester City but the Portuguese coach was criticised by some pundits in the aftermath of the game.

Manchester United are now unbeaten at Old Trafford since the 2-1 defeat by Manchester City at the beginning of the 2016/17 season.

Former Man United defender Gary Neville has built himself a reputation as one of the finest pundits on TV and his Jose Mourinho analysis was top notch.

Speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night Football show, Neville pinpointed the day when Mourinho decided to reject the attacking style Manchester United is famous for.

"There are two reasons people are looking at this issue. One is history: Sir Matt Busby, Sir Alex Ferguson have in the past said publicly how the club should always play. It should always be attacking football, entertaining football. That's caused him a bit of a problem perception-wise, and he doesn't feel like he's getting the respect he deserves.

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"In his last home defeat (against Manchester City in September 2016), I think he tried to go punch for punch with Pep Guardiola. I think his attitude after this game was: 'Nobody will come to my ground and do what they did to me again.' He doesn't like being humiliated, and I think he thought that day that they were too open, too free, and he didn't want that again in the big games at Old Trafford or away from home. 'I need to make sure we win and pick up other points.'

"His two problems are emotional: Manchester United's history and Pep Guardiola's football. They're causing him a bit of a problem, but it's perception."

Neville also analysed Mourinho's 'shush' gesture at the full-time whistle of Saturday's 1-0 win.


"I think [the reaction] is one of a man who feels he has been unfairly criticised within the last couple of weeks. That was him saying: 'I told you so, keep your mouth shut, do one everybody, I know what I'm doing, I'm in control, I'm a winner.'

"I have to say he's changed a lot since that City game, I think he's recognised he's going to win his way, he doesn't care what people say, and that shush was: 'Be quiet, I'm going to do it my way, I'm going to win my way.'"

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