sport news Jose Mourinho 'courageous' for defending players - Phil Neville

Ex- star Phil Neville hails 'courageous' Jose Mourinho for defending players after two defeats Phil Neville inspired by boss Jose Mourinho's selfless actions Neville says Mourinho is 'taking a a battering' to relieve United stars of pressure have lost two of their opening three Premier League games 

By Alex Martin For Mailonline

Published: 11:40 BST, 1 September 2018 | Updated: 11:40 BST, 1 September 2018

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Jose Mourinho is purposely acting up in press conferences in an effort to protect his players from criticism, according to Phil Neville.

The Special One caused a media frenzy when he stormed out of a press conference following 's 3-0 defeat by Tottenham at Old Trafford.

It was a defeat that not only left with just three points from their opening three games, but also saw Mourinho become the bookies' favourite in the sack race.

Jose Mourinho has been fiery in his latest press conferences and has demanded more respect

Jose Mourinho has been fiery in his latest press conferences and has demanded more respect

Mourinho's 'three titles' boast and demand for more respect was interpreted as the beginning of the end by some, but former United defender Neville believes it was a premeditated outburst designed to focus

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