Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville has urged Jose Mourinho to find the killer instinct in the final third in order to guide the Red Devils to the Premier League title next season.
United saw their slender hopes of competing for the English crown fade after they succumbed to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United at St James Park.
The loss sees them 16 points behind leaders Manchester City with 11 matches to play, and the Citizens could lift the Premier League title when they host Jose Mourinho’s men in the Manchester derby on April 7.
Speaking on his podcast on Sky Sports, Neville stressed that the United team has plenty of quality through the ranks, but he is hoping that the team can form a bond which was visible during the early part of the campaign.
With the title race pretty much over, Neville believes Mourinho should prepare the squad with a view to the 2018/19 campaign, where he ought to deliver the Premier League crown to make his managerial reign a success.
“The individual talent is there but to coordinate that into a team is Jose Mourinho’s job in the next few months. He has to make them into a team.That’s what Jose Mourinho has to do,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“He has to mould this talented group of players into a team that can come together and can win the title. Next season will be Jose’s third season and you would think in his mind, and in everyone’s minds, that he has to win it next season. They have to start preparing now.”
Despite the recent setback, United are still on the hunt for silverware in the FA Cup and Champions League, whilst finishing second in the league ahead of their rivals could be termed as good progress made from the previous campaign.