Gary Neville has urged Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to ‘demand’ transfer funds and investment as he looks to change things around at Old Trafford.
Manchester United have endured a difficult start to the new season with Sunday’s 3-3 draw at Sheffield United leaving the club ninth in the Premier League, though they are closer on points to bottom club Watford than league leaders Liverpool.
Their performance at Bramall Lane was heavily criticised, Solskjaer’s side dominated for much of the contest before mounting a second-half fightback.
Former United defender Neville accepts the club’s young squad is likely to yield inconsistent performances and has warned Solskjaer that he must demand investment in order to bring leaders to the club or risk facing the sack.
“I can expect inconsistency from young players, but what you can’t expect is inconsistency from work ethic and attitude,” Neville told Sky Sports Monday Night Football.
2They haven’t got the leaders and the people around them that set the standard. [Juan] Mata is on the bench, [Paul] Pogba’s injured, [Nemanja] Matic is looking to get away. They’re all out on that pitch, young together.
“They don’t know how to approach a Premier League away game, they haven’t got the experience or the maturity.
“He [Solskjaer] must demand it [money to spend]. He’s not going to be around to see the fruits of their labour.”
United return to European action this week when they travel to Kazakhstan to face Astana in the Europa League, the club having already secured their passage to the knock-out stages with victory over Partizan Belgrade last time out.