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Phil Neville doubts Mourinho will last too long at Old Trafford

Phil Neville thinks Mourinho will be waving goodbye to United fans after just three years
Phil Neville thinks Mourinho will be waving goodbye to United fans after just three years

Jose Mourinho will last only two or three years at Manchester United but can bring success back to Old Trafford, according to former Red Devils defender Phil Neville.

Mourinho is expected to replace manager Louis van Gaal in the coming days after United finished fifth in the Premier League and missed out on the Champions League.

United beat Crystal Palace at Wembley on Saturday to win the FA Cup but the victory is not expected to save Van Gaal, who has failed to produce either a Premier League title challenge or brand of football in line with the club's traditions.

Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December after a miserable start to the season.

Despite widespread success in his career, the Portuguese has never managed a club for longer than the three years and three months he spent at Chelsea in his first spell.

"I can't see him staying too long at Man United, maybe two or three years, that seems to be his shelf life at a football club," Neville said.

"When Jose finishes at a club it tends to be a pattern where he falls out with a few players, he gets disgruntled and the team dips.

"It happened at Chelsea, it certainly happened at Real Madrid where there were rumours he fell out with a few players.

"It's a pattern with Jose, he comes into a club, he gets success but he doesn't stay for too long."