Manchester United hero Gary Neville thinks former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho was right when he said his second-place finish with the club was the best he could have achieved with the team at his disposal.
United finished a lengthy second to rivals Manchester City in Mourinho's final full campaign at Old Trafford back in 2018.
But at the time, the Portuguese was mocked for his defensive comments.
Mourinho humiliated his former club on Sunday, as Tottenham put six beyond United away from home, winning 6-1 in a brutal demolishing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.
And Neville thinks the 'Special One' may have been on to something when he downplayed the squad at his disposal at United.
“This is almost a repetitive cycle. We saw it Louis van Gaal when he won a cup final and the club pulled out on him just as he was building a half decent squad and team," he said on Sky Sports.
"With Jose Mourinho they backed out on him in that transfer window a couple of seasons ago having given him a contract.
“I just feel Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did achieve the maximum with these players but getting them to third, there was no way he was going to get to the level of Liverpool or Manchester City.
“I thought Jose was playing a game a few years ago when he said it was an unbelievable achievement finishing second with that squad, but on reflection he is probably right.
“It was good United finished third last season, they were on the shoulders of Liverpool and City, but they needed to make sure they got closer.
"City have spent £150m and Liverpool have strengthened with Thiago and Jota.
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“They have pulled away psychologically before the season even started, and the psychological damage of not bringing players in is hamper the current squad.
"The club’s job is to build a title-winning team, those are the standards for Manchester United.”
Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United in December 2018, being replaced by Solskjaer.
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