Gary Neville insists that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is FALSE for believing Manchester United are contenders for the title and says the performances after the goalless draw with rivals City are “nowhere near good enough”
- Gary Neville gave a clear assessment of Manchester United’s title hopes
- Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said they were real competitors for the Premier League
- Neville wasn’t convinced of the performance against Manchester City
- Neville admitted that their standards are not good enough to ensure them league glory
Gary Neville has given a clear assessment of Manchester United’s Premier League title hopes after manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said they were real contenders.
The Red Devils played a boring draw against Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday and are one point ahead of their local rivals in eighth place.
Despite the lack of chances, Solskjaer said it was United’s best performance in a derby game under his watch – but former defender Neville wasn’t convinced of the performance.
Gary Neville gave a clear assessment of Manchester United’s Premier League title hopes
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said they were real contenders to win the league
“Last season was a huge third place,” Neville told Sky Sports when asked about the club’s chances of winning. “I think that was a big, big moment for him [Solskjaer].
“But I think now he has to get closer to City and Liverpool. And he has to dominate games.
“I don’t see it right now. The performances I watch are nowhere near enough. We know him – he won’t think they’re good enough. ‘
He also questioned the club’s recruitment process, accusing them of “fiddling” with it by playing players from their natural position.
The former defender said the club’s performances were “nowhere near good enough”.
“I still have one problem in mind with this club: in order to secure the title for a manager, you have to equip them with the players to do so,” said Neville.
“And did the owners, the Human Resources department, whatever you want to call them, do that?
‘He needed another center-back, he needed a right winger. They had to play Pogba’s left wing today and Greenwood the right. You’re still fiddling with it.
‘You have six midfielders and you are trying to accommodate them all.
“It’s always square pens in round holes – I don’t think in the last five or six years you’ve given a manager a team that can win the title. That’s the job of the people upstairs. ‘
He accused United of “falsifying” recruitment by playing players from their natural position
Neville’s comments come after the Norwegian boss endorsed his silverware side in the near future and sees them grow into real title contenders.
“At Manchester United you should always try to win trophies,” said Solskjaer.
‘Of course, two teams were way ahead of the rest of the field in the last three seasons.
‘I’ve believed during the season or since the turn of the year that this team would improve and that we could take on a challenge.
‘Of course we have to improve on last season, but I don’t think any team will run away from it.
“I go to every single game to win. Maybe that’s the answer to your question. If you win every game you will receive a trophy. ‘
The Red Devils showed little creativity when they drew 0-0 against Manchester City
However, inconsistency under Solskjaer was the main problem. United fell out of the Champions League in the middle of the week after a 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig and made up for the shocking first 60 minutes against West Ham last weekend with a late flood of goals.
Neville admitted their standard isn’t good enough to secure them a Premier League title as the club hasn’t won the league since 2013.
“He won’t believe the first half against West Ham is anywhere near the standard that will lead Manchester United to the title,” said the former Red Devils defender.
“He will obviously continue to influence it in a positive way and said today it was the best they played against City, but in reality he will know that it is not performances that will win titles.” You are not; You are not around. ‘