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Jose Mourinho sacked: Man Utd need to 'reset structure' - Gary Neville
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Jose Mourinho sacked: Man Utd need to ‘reset structure’ – Gary Neville

Jose Mourinho took over in May 2016 and led United to League Cup and Europa League titles

Manchester United need to “reset” and “take stock” after sacking manager Jose Mourinho, says former captain Gary Neville.

Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday after two and a half years at the club, with United sixth in the Premier League, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said the club need to appoint someone who meets the club’s “key principles”.

“It’s about making sure the next manager is the right manager,” he said.

“The reality of that is they’re going to have to put the right football structure in around him.”

United decided a change was needed after no progress with results or style despite spending £400m on 11 players.

The club said the new manager will understand the philosophy of the club, including its attacking traditions.

It is understood players and staff were not happy after a disappointing and unsettling period.

Neville added: “This is not just a moment to sack Jose Mourinho and appoint another manager. This is a moment for the club to take stock of what they’re doing, to reset the structure in terms of recruitment, in terms of the decision-making in the football club, and make sure what they do next is the right move.”

The 43-year-old, who played for United from 1992-2011, believes Mourinho is not the only one to blame.

“The players take responsibility, the board take responsibility, the manager and the coaching staff,” he said.

“There have been seven years of poor decisions and poor recruitment. I’ve no idea who makes the decisions in the football club from a point of view of recruitment and structure – who has the final say? Who is it that is telling Jose Mourinho that those players shouldn’t be signed? I can’t see anybody in the football club that has the qualifications to do that.

“The recruitment over the last years has been erratic, the current management team have had three chances at appointing a manager, they’re probably going to get a fourth.”

What are others saying?

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra said on Twitter: