Phil Neville predicts Jose Mourinho will only stay at Man Utd for "two or three years"

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Understandably, Manchester United fans are thrilled by the prospect of Jose Mourinho taking over as manager this summer.

Following another underwhelming campaign under Louis van Gaal - barring FA Cup success on Saturday - change appears imminent at the Theatre of Dreams to restore this once great club.

And Mourinho is being tipped to do just that given his remarkable track record of succeeding wherever he has managed.


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However, it appears one former United player has his reservations about the Portuguese's expected arrival: Phil Neville.

The Valencia assistant believes Mourinho’s infamous record of only staying at a club for "two or three years" will strike again at Old Trafford.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek show, per The Sun: “When Jose finishes at a club there is a pattern where he falls out with players, gets disgruntled and the team dips.

“I can’t see him staying for too long at United - maybe two or three years seems to be his shelf life at a club - but as long as he brings success United fans won’t be unhappy.

“The pressure of football management and demands from owners and supporters and media now means two or three years in a job is enough.”

Neville does, however, expect Mourinho's hiring to bring success.

“For as long as I’ve known it you’ve got to be the best at Manchester United,” he continued.

“Mourinho is a proven winner. United fans want a team challenging for the league title, they don’t want a team finishing in seventh or fifth.”

Meanwhile, it appears Mourinho has already earmarked a host of summer targets that he will pursue as United manager.

According to the Guardian, the 53-year-old wants Andre Gomes, Joao Mario, John Stones, Alvaro Morata, Mauro Icardi and Ezequiel Garay.

The same report suggests Mourinho could spend as much as £150 million on new additions in the summer transfer window.

He’s in the right ballpark with his targets, of course, amidst a need for greater attacking threat and defensive reinforcements at Old Trafford.

Stones and Garay, for example, would help shore up United’s back line which, despite only conceding 35 goals in the Premier League, currently lacks strength in depth and natural defenders.

Going forward, Morata and Icardi would represent top-class additions capable of easing the goalscoring burden currently on Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial’s shoulders.

Furthermore, a paltry 49 goals in the Premier League is a poor return for a side supposedly challenging for Champions League football, especially so when compared to the likes of Leicester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City, who all scored in excess of 65 goals and finished in the top four.

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