Gary Neville swerved Graeme Souness’ probing question about Jose Mourinho in a heated exchange on Super Sunday yesterday.
Following Man Utd’s limp 3-1 derby defeat to Manchester City, Souness and Neville were involved in a heated debate on Sky Sports.
The former Liverpool man wanted to know whether Neville thought Mourinho was getting the best from United’s squad after another miserable performances against their deadly rivals.
“A simple question. Any manager who goes into a football club is given a group of players. The question that you, as a Manchester United supporter has to ask yourself, is the manager and the coaching staff getting the best out of the group of players at Man United. It’s a simple yes or no. What is it?” said Souness.
Neville, who has been supportive of Mourinho in the past, replied: “I don’t know.”
“You don’t know? You’ve watched that game of football today and, as a Man United supporter, you think that is acceptable?” said Souness.
Neville replied: “No, I don’t think it’s acceptable in any way, shape or form.”
Souness though wanted an answer to his initial question: “So I come back to the question again, do you feel that he is getting the best out of that group of players?”
Neville though hit back with a question of his own.
“Graeme, I’ll ask you a question. Who would he have put in midfield today out of the players that he’s got that would have improved it?”
Souness though wasn’t too keen to answer that: “No, no, no. We are getting into the specifics. Simple question: you look at the names that play for Manchester United. Think of Alexis Sanchez for example’s sake. Is he playing anything like he was at Arsenal?
“The answer is no, a big no. Is Marcus Rashford playing like he can? Is Romelu Lukaku? Is Paul Pogba playing like he has performed? The answer is no, he is not getting the best out of that group of players.”
Neville though hit back and claimed United were just as poor under previous bosses David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
“But Graeme, I was watching these players under Louis van Gaal. I saw Anthony Martial and Ander Herrera under Louis van Gaal and they weren’t much better,” said Neville.
Souness, though who has been highly critical of United and Paul Pogba in particular, wanted his initial question answering.
Souness added: “Come back to my question. This feels like Question Time! Yes or no, are they getting the best out of that group of players?”
Nevile replied: “I’ll answer it the same again… I don’t know. I’ve seen Louis van Gaal with a lot of these players and I didn’t like what I saw with that. He was a coach, somebody who would play passes.
“My view is that at this moment in time, Manchester United don’t look like they can win a game proactively. They finished second last season, which was the best finish since Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I’m not defending Jose Mourinho but if you’re asking me the question could another manager get more out of them then maybe. But maybe not. I don’t know if the players are good enough Graeme, I haven’t got a clue.”