Many might consider them boring, but Mourinho and Mayweather share a similar mindset, says Gary Neville.
Former Manchester United defender and current pundit Neville believes that the Red Devils boss is much alike Floyd Mayweather Jr. due to the similarity in their approach towards games.
The Portuguese tactician was heavily criticized after a 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Anfield where United seemed to want nothing more than a point. However, the Red Devils clinched a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, which kept them second in the Premier League table.
Gary Neville, a player who has won eight league titles with the Red Devils, believes that Mourinho can be compared to Mayweather, who has also been criticized for his defensive style despite a flawless 50-0 record in his professional boxing career.
“[Tottenham’s] Mauricio Pochettino and [Liverpool’s] Jürgen Klopp have got wonderful reputations for being attacking coaches,” Neville said on Sky Sports .
“But Mourinho is a little bit like Mayweather at times. Mayweather is called boring at times, where he uses defence as a weapon, let’s people punch themselves out.”
The former United defender also noticed that while Klopp was prepared for Mourinho’s counter-attack thread, Pochettino and his team might have underestimated it a bit: “Jürgen Klopp in that game a few weeks ago didn’t feel he could fully go for it, because he felt, ‘He’s going to do me, I don’t want to get done by a Mourinho masterclass’. And I think Tottenham lacked the belief to go for it on Saturday.”