Former Manchester United star, Gary Neville, has slammed the club’s manager for his style of football.
Neville said the United have become “painful” to watch under Mourinho and fears his successor may have to face a huge rebuilding job.
The Red Devils laboured to beat Leicester City 2-1 in their Premier League opener last Friday and Neville noted that the type of player Mourinho has invested in, means the days of United being considered as the Premier League’s most entertaining side were long gone.
“Ajax, Manchester United and Barcelona are the three bastions of European football in terms of style of play.
“United have always played 4-4-1-1, 4-4-2, with two wide players,” Neville told the Second Captains podcast.
“It’s ingrained in the club. Don’t change, don’t make short-term decisions.
“Out went nearly all those 11 and Mourinho brings in [Romelu] Lukaku, [Nemanja] Matic, Fred, [Eric] Bailly, a wave of players who suit his style.
“Let’s say Mauricio Pochettino comes in next – he likes hungry 23, 24-year-olds, he likes pushing up the pitch and playing high, he likes players who can press from the front.
“How many Manchester United forwards do you see that run about like the Tottenham [Hotspur] ones?
“Mourinho is happy to sit back a bit deeper and have a more robust, physical player. As a Manchester United fan it’s painful to watch.”