Gary Neville offers superb advice when asked how he'd help Manchester United squad


Manchester United are a long way yet from returning to the stability they enjoyed under Sir Alex Ferguson until May 2013.

Progress has been slow, perhaps even reversed at times, during the respective tenures of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

The 20-time Premier League champions have rarely looked like serious contenders for any major silverware in the last five years - and fans are becoming increasingly restless.

The current boss has been afforded close to £400 million worth of new signings since he took the reins three summers back.

But for all the investment made under his watch, Mourinho only has an FA Cup and a Europa League title to show for it.

It’s been a hugely disappointing return, especially considering all the other negatives that have come with his struggles at Old Trafford.

There’s a school of thought that Mourinho is solely responsible for the toxic atmosphere pervading the United dressing room, while others believe his players should also bear some of the blame.

Irrespectively, it’s only one problem in a web that’s becoming increasingly difficult to untangle.

Speaking at the launch of Ben Thonley’s book, Tackled: The Class of 92 Star Who Never Got to Graduate, Gary Neville answered a series of questions regarding the goings on at his former club.

Perhaps most interesting, though, was the advice he would give to the Red Devils squad amid the current crisis.

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"There isn’t a pundit, a journalist or a fan who has ever won or lost a football match. They can only win or lose a football match if they impact the mentality of a player. So don’t let them impact the mentality of you as a player. I’ve heard a few of the players saying the criticism gets to them,” he said per Manchester Evening News.

"Don’t turn the telly on, don’t have Sky Sports on. Don’t pick up a newspaper. Don’t read social media. Play football. That’s a good bit of advice.”

Neville also touched on some brilliant words of wisdom from Sir Alex that transformed how he approached big matches.

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“There was a time I played three or four games against Liverpool and I made a few mistakes.

“I remember him [Sir Alex] saying to me in a team talk in front of everybody, ‘Gary son you’re getting so worked up, you’re getting so anxious before this game, can I not play you against Liverpool anymore?’

"He said, ‘What are you going to do when you get home?’ And I said, ‘I always have a Chinese when I get home after a game, boss’ and the lads started laughing.

“He said, ‘If we win today, what are you going to do? ‘Have a Chinese.’ ‘If we draw today?’ ‘Have a Chinese.’ ‘If we lose today?’ ‘Have a Chinese.’ ‘It doesn’t really matter then, does it? What’s the point in getting worried? You’re still going to go home to your family and have a Chinese.’”

Mourinho is renowned for clicking with certain types of players, though it’s difficult to imagine him saying something so cordial to the current United team.

The Portuguese tactician could be forgiven for feeling on edge, but how much longer will he be given unless circumstances improve on and off the pitch?

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