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Gary Neville compares Jose Mourinho to boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather

Mourinho has come under heavy criticism for United's cautious approach but Neville claims it's all part of a masterplan

Gary Neville believes Jose Mourinho is similar to boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather.

Man United flew out the blocks at the start of the campaign hitting 21 goals in their first seven league games.

But the attacking football grinded to a halt at Anfield as many United fans and pundits accused the Special One of ‘parking the bus’ in the goalless draw against Liverpool.

Gary Neville has compared Jose Mourinho to Floyd Mayweather

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Gary Neville has compared Jose Mourinho to Floyd Mayweather

Some of the Old Trafford faithful accused him of being negative against Spurs despite the fact he masterminded a tactical 1-0 victory over Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Neville reckons Mourinho’s approach to big games is similar to that of boxing legend Mayweather, who would sit back and wait for his opponents to make mistakes before pouncing during his unbeaten 50-fight career.

Undefeated Mayweather has often been labelled as ‘boring’

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Undefeated Mayweather has often been labelled as ‘boring’

Neville said on Sky Sports: “I would say Pochettino and Klopp have reputations for being wonderful attacking coaches but Mourinho is a bit like Mayweather.

“Mayweather was called boring at times where he used defence as a weapon and let others tire themselves out.

“Klopp in that game the other week didn’t feel like he could fully go for it because he thought Mourinho could do him with a Mourinho masterclass.

“Tottenham lacked the belief to really go for it because I think it gets into their heads, ‘I can’t get done on the counter-attack, he’ll do me.”

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A fair comparison from the ever-astute Neville.

Mourinho has had success at several of Europe’s big clubs by prioritising effective football over stylish play.

United’s best chance of denying local rivals City the title this season is to commit to Mourinho’s trademark style — an approach that saw him win league titles in his second season in charge of Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

A Mayweather-esque United side could yet get the best Pep Guardiola’s crop of talented technicians.