Former Manchester United shotstopper Mark Bosnich has asked for Jose Mourinho to be given the time and space that he needs in order make the club successful again. The Portuguese, who took charge at Old Trafford in 2016 and has previously had spells at FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, has endured a mixed time during his reign, reaching three finals and winning both the League Cup and Europa League in his debut season. His second was much less successful, however, with United finishing the Premier League campaign 19 points behind champions Manchester City, exiting the Champions League to Sevilla in the last 16 and losing the FA Cup final to Chelsea in May.
The Australian, who took over from Peter Schmeichel when the Dane left Old Trafford in 2000, is conscious of United not falling into the trap of having a revolving door policy when it comes to firing their managers, and has spoken out in regards to Mourinho’s future.
“Just stand by him [Mourinho],” said Bosnich in an interview with Goal. “Give him the opportunity, he is second against a team in Man City who can afford anyone and get anything. Like I said to you, sometimes, even after such dominance, you have got to be patient. You don’t want to fall in a situation like Liverpool, after all those years of dominance and then all of a sudden you want to chop and change.
“People have short memories. I was at Manchester United in 1990, I think Fergie had only been there for four years, there was a game against Crystal Palace in the season that they won the FA Cup. Half the crowd sat down because he left Mark Hughes on the bench. They were calling for ‘Fergie out’. He went onto win the FA Cup, ironically against Crystal Palace that year. The rest, as they say, is history.”