Mauricio Pochettino ideal fit for Manchester United, says Gary Neville


Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday, two days after English soccer's biggest club reached a new low in its disappointing season by losing to Liverpool in the Premier League. The club have the right to say no to those signings if they don't feel they're right but they have to understand the consequences of undermining a manager, especially a manager with the standing of Jose Mourinho - you're on a collision course.

But he also pointed the finger at what he described as "permanently injured" players and claimed both sides played "in relation to their qualities".

The Premier League club, which sit in sixth place, 19 points of league leaders Liverpool, said in a statement on Tuesday: "The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future".

"It's disappointing", United captain Young said, looking understandably pained.

"Not one of them". I find it staggering.

Mourinho has had high-profile spats with key players, most notably Paul Pogba, throughout 2018 culminating with the France worldwide being stripped of the vice-captaincy in September.

Xherdan Shaqiri
Shaqiri spent three years at Bayern Munich between 2012-2015

"He makes 100-metre sprint per minute - absolutely incredible".

The Frenchman, who lifted the trophy with Real Madrid as a player in 2002, had also guided the Spanish giants to Champions League glory in 2016 and in 2017, beating Atletico Madrid and Juventus in the respective finals. Statistics about social media followers when Pogba was linked to United were used to show him that he would be a much bigger deal for United than Madrid, who were already an established side of superstars.

His double restored Liverpool to the top of the table, one point clear of champions Manchester City.

"It played out all the way through the transfer window and a effect of not backing your manager, or not going against your manager on one or two signings, it never ends well". This announcement comes in the aftermath of United's defeat to arch-rivals, Liverpool at Anfield.

When last season's Anfield clash between Liverpool and Manchester United was heading for a 0-0 draw, Jurgen Klopp was either unwilling or unable to alter the complexion of the match from the bench. United had been outclassed early on but, against the run of play, managed to get back on level terms when home keeper Alisson fumbled a low cross from Mane into the path of Jesse Lingard who accepted his early Christmas present gleefully.

Although Bayern have been struggling for form in the Bundesliga this season, they still represent a hard task for Liverpool and Shaqiri will need to be at his very best across the two legs. They don't know what he's going to say at every press conference. It will cost a fortune to lose him now.