Phil Neville feels that criticism directed against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has become "personal", although he believes the fire chief can handle it and change the situation at Old Trafford.
Mourinho would have been sent off regardless of Saturday's result against Newcastle United, but those rumors were dismissed by the Red Devils before his surprising return from the Premier League in Manchester.
The 55-year-old Portuguese, who has continued to cut a shadowy and frustrated figure, has dominated
Former United player Neville, now coach of England's women's team, backed Mourinho to stop the club's problems .
"I think Jose is still someone I admire and admire because managers go through difficult times," said Neville, who won six Premier League and Cham titles. Pions League among other trophies during his stay at United.
"I've been fired twice and it hurts when people criticize you, in defeats or in difficult times, it can be personal and maybe part of it is personal with José.
" I agree with José. I think there's a bit of persecution out there, everyone seems to be looking at it. I think they have the right man who can handle that kind of situation. "
Calling for unity at Old Trafford, Neville added:" My feeling when I think of the great teams of Manchester United, I think of the unity of the whole club. .
"The directors came to the dressing room after having won the final of the European Cup, the FA Cup final, we shared the success, we used to celebrate with the supporters on the bus tours of the city."  " It is all or nothing. You can not go to fight a war on your own, you have to fight together and I think that would be the most important thing on Saturday: suddenly, everyone joined together. "