- Manchester United manager José Mourinho is similar to retired boxer Floyd Mayweather, according to former United captain Gary Neville.
- Neville says they both use defence as a weapon, get into their opponents’ heads, and can be “boring at times.”
José Mourinho is the Floyd Mayweather of football management, according to former Manchester United captain Gary Neville.
Mayweather, now retired, was a title-magnet during his years as a professional boxer and was well known for his wily defensive acumen in the ring.
Speaking after Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, Neville said Mourinho’s big game strategy is not dissimilar to that of the boxing great.
“Mourinho is a little bit like Mayweather,” Neville said on Sky Sports. “Mayweather is called boring at times, where he uses defence as a weapon, let’s people punch themselves out.”
He said Spurs succumbed to Mourinho’s mind games on Saturday, losing the game 1-0 after a late goal from Anthony Martial.
“I think he gets into [their] heads, and has them thinking, ‘I can’t get done on the counter-attack here, he’ll do me.’ And that’s a great coach, to think he can have other coaches spoiling their tactics. So in some ways I think he does deserve more respect, his record is unbelievable,” Neville added.
Mourinho is looking to guide United to Premier League and Champions League success this season.
Mayweather came out of a short-lived retirement to take on UFC star Conor McGregor in a boxing rules bout in August. His 10th round stoppage win over McGregor broke Box Office records as a reported 6.7 million households in the United States tuned in.
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