Gary Neville has likened Jose Mourinho to Floyd Mayweather and believes the Manchester United boss strikes fear in his rival coaches in the Premier League. Mourinho is fresh off back-to-back tests against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham.
A draw with Liverpool and a win over Tottenham makes for good reading for United fans and Neville thinks Mourinho gets into the heads of his rivals.
Mayweather was famous for his counter striking and Neville says Mourinho is similar to the undefeated boxer. ‘He’s come in here to win the league, he’s got to win the league,’ said Neville on Sky Sports. ‘He’s a little bit like Mayweather, Mourinho.
‘Mayweather uses defence as attack, lets people punch themselves out. ‘And Jurgen Klopp knew he didn’t want to get done by a Mourinho masterclass (on the counter). ‘And Tottenham on Sunday, they like to really go for it and believe, but Mourinho gets in their heads.
‘And that is a great coach, to think he can have those other two coaches (Klopp and Pochettino) spoiling their tactics.’ Mourinho shushed the TV cameras at Old Trafford after beating Tottenham amid criticism of his style of play after the draw against Liverpool.
The United boss always adopts a reactionary stance in big games and rarely goes all guns blazing, preferring to kill off the game and maybe steal a goal.