Mourinho's style of football has come in for criticism from pundits and supporters alike this season.Manchester United fans have come to expect their teams to play with a certain panache and attacking flair.
United's manager has branded the ongoing exit rumours as "lies", but Neville concedes that a star turn must deliver on the pitch in order for a distracting saga to be brought to a close.
"That's because I think he is the guy who deserves it". He made them look better, he made them look stronger, he led.
"For me, the last two or three months have stuck in my mind".
Mourinho is contracted to United until 2020, but has expressed his desire to stay at United for "at least 10 years" in the hope of building something of a legacy at the club.
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Neville continued: "You look at the goals and it's an absolute no-brainer there because Alonso has scored more goals".
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Neville opined that Mourinho, or any top manager, would jump at the chance to sign the Brazilian. I did a lot of the opposition analysis and we saw him as a weakness going back. You think about the Carabao Cup final, even though it's not related to the Premier League, I thought he was big in that match. The Bournemouth away game, the Southampton away game, Huddersfield... three moments that get lost in the season but have influence'.
"My thinking was that, although Otamendi has had a great season, there's something that holds me back from fully championing him and liking him as one of the players of the season", Neville said. "I'll go for Raheem Sterling". "Just as important as Salah this season".
"When I watch Liverpool, he's been the catalyst in term of the pressing, the back-tackling, from the runs he makes in behind, he's very unselfish".
Jose Mourinho is now contracted to Manchester United until at least 2020 but we all know how football is nowadays.