Former England international Gary Neville feels the suggestion that manager Jose Mourinho is finished at the top of the game is “nonsense”.
The Manchester United legend is doubtful if the Red Devils can come against against all odds and mount a serious title challenge this season as he thinks they will fall between the 3rd and 4th position.
Mourinho was under huge pressure at the Old Trafford after two defeats in his opening three league games.
“I’m still hopeful that somehow, through siege mentality more than anything, they can mount some sort of challenge that really just disrupts people,” he told The Times.
“If they can stay in it until January and maybe get one or two defenders in, they might have a chance. But I doubt it. I think United will be third or fourth.”
Neville, who believes the Manchester United boss deserves time, thinks it is unheard of to underestimate the brilliance of such a manager.
“He’s having a difficult time, but finished? I genuinely think that’s a nonsense,” he said.
“Even Sir Alex Ferguson, from 2003 to 2006 when we didn’t win the league and people said he had lost it, end of an era, he’s finished.
“I think Jose is a brilliant manager and, in a 25-year career, young managers will emerge, people will ask questions if you aren’t successful.