Sunday 15 September 2019

'Results need to change' - Ryan Giggs gives his verdict on what should happen next for Jose Mourinho

Wales Manager Ryan Giggs during the international friendly match at the Elbasan Arena. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Wales Manager Ryan Giggs during the international friendly match at the Elbasan Arena. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Ryan Giggs is hoping Jose Mourinho can find a way to turn around Manchester United's fortunes, but he admits results and performances need to improve quickly for the under-pressure manager.

Last Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace extended United's miserable start to the Premier League season, as they fell 14 points behind neighbour Manchester City after just 13 matches.

Yet Giggs has told Sky Sports that Mourinho could still turn around the club's fortunes, even if he admits he may be running out of time to find a solution.

"I don't see why changing the manager at this stage will change anything," stated Giggs.

"Everyone knows what a successful manager he's been over the years. I believe that bit of stability we've not had over the years - we need to stick with him, but results also need to change. I think we've got the manager, the players to do that.

"Manchester City and Liverpool, the teams up there, they are consistent. When you're not the gap is obviously going to be big.

"When your nearest rivals are that far ahead of you it's hard to take. It's still 13 games into the season, time to claw it back.

"But the only way of doing that is going on a run of seven or eight games unbeaten - small steps to build that confidence back up."

Giggs' former United team-mate Gary Neville is also trying to back Mourinho to revive United, but he admits recent performances have not been acceptable.

"There are games that are special games and not just 'one more'," he said. "This was a special game, the first of eight Premier League games until the end of December, a game we need to win and it was not enough from the heart. You must play with brain and also with heart and I think not enough heart."

United legend Neville has now offered his verdict on United's ongoing struggles as he told Sky Sports that his former club are failing to find solutions to problems that have ensured throughout this season with Mourinho again struggling to find the answers as his side slipped 14 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.

"I didn't go to Old Trafford but I spoke to people who did. There's a lethargy, in terms of the fans going into the ground, watching the game, players on the pitch," stated Neville.

"I think Jose gave the right message before the game saying they will end up in the top four. I don't think it would have been acceptable at the start of the season, and certainly the start of last season, to say the top four is achievable, because he will have wanted to challenge for the title with the money that has been spent. That's where United need to be.

"But they're not near that level at this moment in time, and it typifies really what they are at the moment, which is inconsistent. You can see them go away to Chelsea and nearly win, go away to Watford and Young Boys, and sometimes you can watch them at home against Wolves or Crystal Palace or Valencia, and they're nowhere near.

"They're inconsistent, not just in games, but from half to half within games. It's not right obviously at this moment in time, the players are not performing anywhere near their level.

"You'd argue Jose at this moment in time will be scratching his head about which players to put out on the pitch.

"But he's made changes before and it hasn't really made any difference so it's just about battling and fighting away at it, because it is a struggle. I think that's the word to describe it."

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