Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Phil Neville has claimed that his former side face a potentially must-win game when they make the visit to Stamford Bridge this weekend.
The Red Devils have made a strong start to the Premier League campaign with their only blemish being the surprise 2-1 defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town.
Mourinho’s men already find themselves five points behind arch-rivals Manchester City, who occupy the top spot, and according to Neville, United cannot play for the draw versus Chelsea on Sunday.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville illustrated the strong performance from the Citizens in west London and claimed that United will be determined to beat the reigning champions.
He said: “We saw what Manchester City did to Chelsea, beating them 1-0 and probably producing one of the best performances we’ve seen in three or four seasons. United have to win the game. I don’t think a draw is good enough but I think they are ready to win a game of this magnitude.”
Mourinho’s tactics were severely criticised during the 0-0 draw versus Liverpool earlier in October, but it could be said that the 54-year-old won’t adopt a similar defensive approach against his former employers.
Manchester United failed to win any of their away outings against the so-called top-six last season, but this needs to challenge this weekend to keep up with the Citizens, who face a tricky game versus Arsenal on Sunday.
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