Garry Neville suggested that Mourinho’s time at Manchester United should come to an end following the side’s 1-0 defeat to Brighton.
Brighton stunned Manchester United to seal survival and leave Jose Mourinho’s men with work to do to clinch second.
Pascal Gross’ second half header was enough to earn Brighton a famous win at the Amex Brighton to reach the magical 40-point mark in style.
Mourinho made six changes to the team that beat Arsenal last weekend and the fringe players failed to impress at Falmer Stadium.
Mourinho blasted his players after the match and Neville believes the performance was only a message.
‘It felt to me like it was a final straw for him with some of the players. The trust that you need with players had gone,’ the former United defender told Sky Sports .
‘I’m trying to find the word that you’d use to describe that kind of performance. I’ve said ‘woeful’ and ‘awful’, but it was a shocker from first minute to last minute.
‘I never thought at half-time that Manchester United would come out in the second half and repeat their first-half performance, but they did. In fact Brighton’s best period was 20 minutes after half-time.
‘Mourinho said it was important to him that four points were achieved to finish second and he couldn’t convey that to his players.’
Neville claimed that United would be justified in sacking Mourinho but admitted this was unrealistic.
‘When you can’t get your message into your players then either the manager has to go or the players have to go,’ he added.
‘At this moment in time Manchester United are not going to lose Jose Mourinho, so he’s going to make some big changes in that dressing room.
‘It was so bad, so bad. I haven’t got words for it. I said during commentary that I felt if there’s any player who wondered why he wasn’t playing in the cup final, you can just show them this video.
‘They’ve got no excuse. It wasn’t the fact that they played badly, it was that their attitude was terrible. It was awful.’