Gary Neville says Man United has been ’embarrassing to watch’ and ‘a shame’ without the ball, and warns boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he’s not ‘out of the woods’ for a sack if Man City beat them.
- Manchester United returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win at Tottenham
- The victory eased the pressure on coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- But Gary Neville says the Norwegian is not safe from the capture of Old Trafford
- Club legend claims United need to replicate more shows like that this week
Gary Neville claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not safe from capture at Manchester United despite a 3-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday as he cannot forgive his former club for recent poor performances.
Solskjaer was under immense pressure after United were beaten 5-0 at home by Liverpool last weekend, the Red Devils’ fourth straight Premier League game without a win.
The Norwegian coach switched tactics to three defenders for the trip to Tottenham and goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford lifted the mood at Old Trafford, but Neville has remained critical of Solskjaer’s United.
Gary Neville says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (above) is unsure after Man United’s win at Tottenham
The Red Devils won 3-0 in North London to ease pressure on the Norwegian under fire
“It doesn’t save his job,” Neville told Sky Sports after the win over Tottenham. ‘It just keeps him one foot on the line, the first rung of the ladder, because there are two big games this week. And there is still a lot of work to do.
But you will recognize that you have something to build on. That’s it, because I’m not going to let the Manchester United players or the manager get out of trouble with a decent off-possession performance.
“That’s something we have to see now against Atalanta and (Man) City and every week.”
Neville praised Solskjaer for switching to a back three following the Old Trafford massacre of archrival Liverpool, but admitted that the change in tactics should have come sooner.
Neville says Solskjaer can’t be forgiven for United’s losing streak before Tottenham’s game
“They found something (on Sunday),” he added. “People will point to the performance of Tottenham, a poor Tottenham team, but in recent weeks it didn’t matter who Manchester United had played with, they gave opportunities.
Be it Newcastle, Aston Villa, Everton, Villarreal, Atalanta, they all created mountains of opportunities. And he had been very critical of Manchester United’s out-of-possession work.
‘To be one of the lowest in the league in tackles, pressures, the last five or six in the league in distance traveled, to make the most mistakes conceded at times, is a huge shame.
The Red Devils entered Tottenham’s game reeling from a 5-0 loss to Liverpool last week.
“ When you saw them in the last few weeks, their intensity off of possession to get the ball back and hurt the team, that’s where the hard yards are made in football. I think it was a shame to see it and it was Ole’s biggest problem.
“They have returned to what I think Manchester United will be with this team and this manager. This manager cannot make them push, it is not in their nature. He’s had them on the counter for three years.
Matches are not getting any easier for Solskjaer’s United, with a midweek Champions League trip to free-scorer Atalanta scheduled for this week, ahead of a crucial Manchester derby with rivals City on Saturday at the lunch time.
Solskjaer’s United take on Atalanta midweek ahead of a Manchester derby with City on Saturday
But Neville praised the United defense for reducing Tottenham’s number of chances on goal, and Nuno Espirito Santo’s side did not register a shot on goal throughout the game.
Neville said: ‘That’s the best I’ve seen Manchester United defend and the most I’ve seen Manchester United under pressure for many years and a long, long time.
And they have done it with Cristiano Ronaldo at the helm. So they can defend themselves compactly in one unit, very close together. ‘