Manchester United legend Paul Ince thinks that his former club must keep faith in Jose Mourinho, but believes that the under-fire boss needs to change his ‘dinosaur’ approach.
Mourinho’s job is in jeopardy after a disappointing start to the season, but the Portuguese helped his chances of being retained as United came from two goals down to defeat Newcastle United on Saturday.
Ince feels that the comeback win could be the catalyst for improved performances from the Red Devils and also proved that Mourinho had not lost the dressing room.
“I’ve always thought that results can change things,” Ince told Radio 5 Live. “Everyone was saying the players don’t want to play, they don’t want to fight. After the second half against Newcastle people might think differently.
“We all know one swallow doesn’t make a summer, so are we papering over the cracks because they came back? To some extent, yeah, we are but it was an important result because they had to win after all the reports of Mourinho leaving.
“After the game I’d like to think that’s a game to push Manchester United on. I’m not saying they will start challenging City and Liverpool for the title but it gives them some respite after everything that has been going on.”
Despite the positive result, the former England international believes that Mourinho must change his ways at Old Trafford in order to return the club to the glory days experienced during Ince’s own playing days under Alex Ferguson.
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Ince wants Mourinho to change his tactics on the field but also how he interacts with his players, with the former Chelsea boss regularly singling out his underperforming stars for criticism in the media.
“Players have changed,” Ince continued. “We’re not in the era where Sir Alex Ferguson could come in and slaughter me or Roy Keane or Mark Hughes and we’ll respond to what he’s saying.
“Players are a little more fragile to a certain extent and they need an arm around the shoulder, they need a lift, they need someone to say they are good players for them to respond.
“I hope [he stays] because Manchester United had Sir Alex Ferguson for so long and I don’t want us to become a yo-yo club with managers sacked every two years.
“What Mourinho has to understand is the game has evolved. It’s not like when he was at Inter Milan in the Champions League and he could park the bus defensively.
“The philosophy he’s had at Chelsea and Real Madrid has been different to what it should be at Manchester United.
“Manchester United has a tradition of playing attacking football. Yes they want to win trophies but you don’t need to win a trophy every week. They want to see entertaining football.
“Hopefully Mourinho stays, I’d like him to stay but he has to start changing his methods from those he’s used for years and understand the game’s gone forward.
“Don’t be a dinosaur, and start attacking teams like we did over the years.”