Gary Neville won 20 trophies at Manchester United and knows what is required from both players and manager to win silverware, he thinks the United board needs to stick with Solskjaer for another year at least
England legend Gary Neville has said that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to prove to the board that he is the right man for the job or risks being sacked.
The Norwegian boss took over permanently at United in 2019 after a few successful months as caretaker manager, but has failed to win any silverware since.
In his two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford, Solskjaer has seen his side finish sixth, third and then second last season.
However, despite some high league placings, Solskjaer’s failure to deliver any trophies has led many to question whether the former Cardiff City boss is capable of leading United to success.
Red Devils legend Neville firmly believes that United are in capable hands, but if he doesn’t deliver trophies then he could be sent packing.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, the 46-year-old said: “I think with the manager, you can argue that he has to prove himself quickly.
“I still believe that the Europa League final [lost to Villareal on penalties] was a bad one, that’s going to hang a little bit if something doesn’t go right this season, but I think Ole deserves another 12, 18 months, with building.”
Before Solskjaer was appointed, Jose Mourinho was in charge at the Theatre of Dreams. The Portuguese manager won three trophies in his first season in Manchester (Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League) but couldn’t continue that success.
Neville continued, “United have tried the quickfire hit-job with Jose Mourinho, it hasn’t worked.
“Louis van Gaal, going for a different style of play, it hasn’t worked and it’s failed miserably.
“They’re going for someone who is taking it back to their roots, he needs to be given a chance to do it.”
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United are currently fifth in the Premier League after two games, beating Leeds 5-1 and drawing 1-1 with Southampton, but there is an uneasiness about the side’s strike force. Mason Greenwood played up top in the first game of the season and then Anthony Martial against the Saints.
However, neither are the usual options. Thirty-four-year-old Edinson Cavani is Solskjaer’s usual striker, with winger Marcus Rashford, currently recovering from an operation, also able to play as a number nine when required.
Former Valencia boss Neville can see this being an issue in the next few seasons and could hold them back from winning trophies.
“I think United will need a centre-forward in the next 12 months, the guy is available now if you pay £150m, they’ve got Martial, James and Mata and Lingard, we could do without them at the club.
“I think personally that [Harry] Kane would be a differentiator. I’m just asking the question as to why they’re not in for them.”
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Spurs striker Kane is rivals Manchester City ’s main target heading into the final week of the transfer window. The English striker wants to leave north London and win trophies, but Daniel Levy is supposedly refusing to let him leave for anything less than £150m.
The significant price tag on the 28-year-old could be what is putting United off of pursuing Kane, especially considering they have spent £41m on Raphael Varane and £73m on Jadon Sancho.