Manchester United legend Gary Neville issues warning to club’s supporters
Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the ‘right track’, but supporters should brace themselves for another up-and-down season.
United have made a slow start to the new campaign, failing to win any of their last three matches after seeing off Chelsea in the season opener.
United’s latest disappointing outing saw them settle for a point at Southampton over the weekend, despite taking the lead through Daniel James’ first-half goal.
And those sort of results are something United fans will have to get used to, according to former defender Neville.
“I watched the Manchester United game,” said Neville on his Sky Sports podcast.
“I obviously watched the game against Wolves – I didn’t see the game last week against Crystal Palace, but I believe it was similar.
“I think, when you have a team that’s young like that Manchester United team is – I think it has a lot of players who are developing, trying to prove themselves – you are going to get a lot of results like this where they do OK in the game, but they don’t have that clinical element to see it off.”
While Neville sees the road back to success being a lengthy one, he does believe United boss and former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the right track, and that he should be given the time to find an answer to the club’s lack of success in recent years.
“There is an element of frustration at the moment from the Manchester United fans because of where the club has been,” he added.
“They still have that recent history of success under Sir Alex Ferguson, but there has been six or seven years now and there is an element of frustration now that they are not on the right track.
“I think they are on the right track in terms of what they are doing, because you have to have the right group of people in that changing room.
“It’s so important to have a group of people in that changing room who want to be there. Forget how talented they are.
“Sir Alex Ferguson came down from Aberdeen in ’86 and he got rid of some of the most talented players in the squad to change the culture.
“He was given a long time. You think of Norman Whiteside, Paul McGrath – they were some of the most talented players that were in the squad, but he culturally wanted to change what was happening.
“I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, what he is doing, is trying to play the long game.
“To play the long game, he will need support from up above and he is going to need strong leadership over the next two or three seasons to be able to have those four or five transfer windows he needs.
“Not just to get players all facing in the same direction, but to get the quality – you need that quality.”
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