Manchester United must keep faith with under-fire Jose Mourinho - Gary Neville


Manchester United is one of the most valuable clubs on the planet, which means the expectations are always sky-high.

It is their second successive Premier League defeat, their second in three games, making it the worst start in Jose Mourinho's career and the worst for the club since 1992/93. "We've done well to come in at 0-0 and we said we had to step up the tempo".

Only two other current managers in the Premier League have won titles in English's top flight: Manchester City's Pep Guardiola, who won last season's title with the club, and West Ham's Manuel Pelligrini, who won the 2013-14 premiership title with Manchester City. But the scale of the defeat was implicit with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino recording his first goal at Old Trafford in four EPL visits, and his first win.

Yet whatever optimism that may have emerged from that victory has quickly been replaced by concern as United have now been defeated in their next two games. "Respect, respect, respect", an angry Jose Mourinho said afterwards.

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After an uncomfortable week of prodding and probing in the wake of the shock defeat at Brighton, a packed Old Trafford expected a response from Jose Mourinho's side. "Three-nil but it also means three Premier Leagues, and I won more alone than the other 19 managers together".

"From a strategic point of view, we didn't lose", Mourinho said of the performance. Three for me, two for them.

"When I win matches I come here many times and you are not happy that I win matches and you say the most important is the way of playing".

Manchester United lost 3-2 to Brighton and Hove Albion in their second Premier League fixture to lose ground on Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Manchester City.

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Simone Inzaghi's team opened the scoring with a stunning strike from Ciro Immobile, before being pegged back by Napoli. The win left Napoli, last season's runners-up under Maurizio Sarri, with six points from their first two games.

"We lost against Sevilla (last season in the Champions League last 16) and we were booed because we deserved it".

Multiple reports last week said a banner calling for the exit of Woodward will be flown by a plane over the Burnley game.

"The first goal was a real blow, we didn't understand why, because we had the game in hand".

Pogba, who struggled to make an impact from start to finish and gave the ball away more times than he will care to remember, admits he has no idea why United went on to lose.

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United return to action on Sunday when they travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley, one of seven teams now below them at this early stage of the Premier League season. We were booed and deservedly.