Gary Neville has urged Manchester United to stick to ‘the Solskjaer track’ amid the ongoing struggles at his former club.
The former right-back has always had plenty to say when it comes to his old club and has rarely hidden his feelings towards Ed Woodward, famously calling the club ‘rotten to the core’ in an impassioned, thinly-veiled rant about the Manchester United executive vice-chairman last season.
However, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer coming under increasing pressure after his wafer-thin squad managed to pick up just eight points from a possible 18 so far this season, Neville has insisted that the former investment banker sticks by the Norwegian and his plan to overhaul the squad with young British talent.
“Your job as an owner or board is to supply the manager with players who can win and Manchester United have not done that for eight years now,” Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast.
“They’ve put the money in but they’ve not put the strategy around it. If they’d have had the methodology eight years ago of stick to young, emerging English players, they’d probably be in a good place now, but they jumped off the David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho tracks.
“They can’t jump off the Solskjaer track. They have to support the manager and find a way of signing players.”
The Salford City owner has always expressed his dislike for the hiring and firing of managers, but has warned there will be no ‘quick fix’ for his former club, saying they must ‘stick with the plan’.
“They had the best manager in the world in Jose Mourinho and he couldn’t get where he wanted to be. Louis van Gaal, an experienced manager at Barcelona and Ajax, couldn’t.
“They must stick with the plan. There will be frustrations along the way. Take a deep breath, take the criticism, but it will take time and it’s not a quick fix.”