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‘It was obvious’: Gary Neville shares the strong message he sent about the Glazers to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Gary Neville has admitted urging Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to spend the Glazer family’s money at Manchester United.

United fans will have been interested to hear from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he was announced as the next guest on Stick to Football.

It’s just about two-and-a-half years since Solskjaer met his demise at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian just couldn’t kick United forward even after a big summer window in 2021.

Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo came in but United went backwards, ultimately resulting in Solskjaer’s sacking in November 2021.

Those signings seemed to be just what United needed at the time, but the moves really didn’t work out.

Varane’s injury problems have impacted his athletic ability and Sancho has never really shown his best form in a United shirt.

Ronaldo left under a cloud amid a spat with Erik ten Hag, so this triple move – which was supposed to push United forward – really went wrong.


Solskjaer has now told Stick to Football about his time at United and Gary Neville chipped in with a text he sent to the former boss.

Neville admitted that he texted Solskjaer telling him to go and spend the Glazer family’s money, believing that he needed to get funds out of them ‘quickly’.

Neville felt that Solskjaer just wasn’t being backed and needed to get new signings in to bolster the United squad, almost pushing him to force the Glazers to spend.

“There was a point where I remember texting you, I don’t know if you remember, where I said ‘you need to spend their [expletive] money. Because it got to the point where I thought you weren’t being supported and I’ve never texted anybody in football about that type of thing but I’ve obviously known you and sat next to you in the dressing room.”

“I just thought ‘you need to spend their [expletive] money quick, because you need some players. Not as in just frivolously, he needed to bring players in – it was obvious!” he added.

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Ineos will hopefully bring a new era

United’s spending under the Glazers was baffling; often not enough, often too much, never really ‘just right’.

Too many signings were made for well above their value and the lack of investment in the club’s infrastructure is astonishing.

Ineos are now on board and will hopefully bring a new era, investing on and off field having taken charge of football operations.

Nobody can go back in time and convince United to sign Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland, as Solskjaer wanted.

All United and Ineos can do is attempt to learn from past mistakes and ultimately make United a smarter and better-run organisation.

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