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Manchester United hero Gary Neville has responded after Rio Ferdinand called on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to go. The Norwegian has overseen a nightmare season at Old Trafford so far, leading to questions and scrutiny over his position. But Joel Glazer, for the time being, is hesitant when it comes to relieving the 48-year-old of his duties.
United have lost six out of their last 12 matches across all competitions.
And that’s not what the Glazers will have bargained for when they sanctioned the big signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer transfer window.
Many United legends have stopped short of calling for Solskjaer to go as a result, unlike the supporters on social media.
But Ferdinand recently broke rank, telling his FIVE YouTube channel: “He’s done actually what he’s been brought in to do.
“He’s come in and given the fans hope again, made the fans want to come back and watch your team again.
“He’s done that. He has done a great job in that sense. But is he going to take us to win titles? Is he going to make us challenge to win a Champions League?
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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retains the support of Gary Neville (Image: GETTY)
“You need the foundations that have been built to fall back on when you are lacking that confidence.
“When you’re thinking a five, a 10-yard ball that is normally easy becomes a difficult ball – the foundations get you through that. We (United) ain’t got that.
“The football club will be living here and breathing here longer than any individual. It’s what’s best for this football club.
“I just feel that maybe it might be time now for the baton to be handed over.
“Who can take us on now? And I think Ole would leave now with his head held high.”
And, now, Neville has responded.
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Man Utd gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a new contract because they backed him to win trophies (Image: GETTY)
When asked when he would throw in the towel with regards to Solskjaer, he said on Twitter: “Never. Thank you for asking though.”
Neville has repeatedly stopped short of calling for Solskjaer’s head, especially given how he played alongside the Norwegian.
But that has irked some fans who want to see the Sky Sports pundit using his platform to demand change.
Neville recently expressed a belief that Ed Woodward is hesitant to sack Solskjaer because he’s leaving in a few weeks.
“The situation at United is made more complicated with Ed Woodward leaving in weeks,” he said.
Man Utd legend Gary Neville disagrees with Rio Ferdinand over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Image: GETTY)
“He gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a three-year contract months ago and he won’t want his final act to be sacking a manager.
“However, he knows an incoming CEO could throw him overboard by doing just that and blaming him!”
When asked on Saturday if there were better managers than Solskjaer out there for United to target, Neville said: I thought Jose Mourinho was a better manager than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I thought Louis Van Gaal was, David Moyes was.
“They’ve all had better pedigrees than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has finished second in the league and has gained position so there’s no science to that question.
“There are better managers, of course, there are better managers in terms of credentials and on paper but the confusion that exists at this club at this moment in time is they’ve gone for two managers previously that have world-class credentials and that shouldn’t stop them doing it again.
Man Utd are wary of sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer just yet (Image: GETTY)
“I think that’s where the confusion or the hesitancy comes from the board that they’ve been down this route of bringing in a Mourinho before so they wouldn’t bring in a Conte cause they’d be burnt by that.”
United are briefing Solskjaer will be in charge for their next match with Watford.
But defeat against the Hornets would only see calls for his sacking to grow in volume.
United have previously sacked managers when Champions League football is mathematically impossible.
Yet whether they stick to that stance remains to be seen.