Manchester United legend Gary Neville ‘fears for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’ and reveals the players he needs to sign in January to save his job

4 Dec

Gary Neville has admitted to talkSPORT he ‘fears’ for former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Manchester United side ahead of a tough Premier League double-header this week.

And he has suggested where the club need to strengthen in January if his old friend has any chance of saving his job.

The Red Devils host Tottenham – and former manager Jose Mourinho – at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, before taking on rivals Man City in Saturday’s Manchester derby.

Man United’s young side will be tested this week, and Gary Neville is not hopeful
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There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Solskjaer’s future ahead of both games, with reports claiming back-to-back defeats could see him sacked as manager.

And the United legend admits he is not hopeful of a result in either match, starting against an in-form Spurs who have recorded three straight wins under new boss Mourinho.

“I do fear for them tonight to be honest,” Neville told talkSPORT hosts Jim White and Natalie Sawyer. “I fear for them against Tottenham and I fear for them against Manchester City on Saturday.

“That’s not just me being negative; I’ve watched every United game over this last month and if you watch Man United you know it’s going to be a massive struggle for them to beat quality teams.

“I do fear for Ole.”

Despite the speculation over his apparently dwindling future, Solskjaer has this week insisted ‘there are absolutely no problems’ over his role at the club.

And while both Mauricio Pochettino and Unai Emery have lost their jobs at Tottenham and Arsenal respectively over recent weeks, there is a sense Old Trafford legend Solskjear will be given more time to turn things around.

But Neville insists he cannot continue with such an inexperienced squad and MUST spend in the January transfer window.

United currently sit ninth in the table, a huge 22 points adrift of leaders Liverpool and just six clear of the bottom three.

Solskjaer has guided the team to only seven wins from 33 Premier League games since getting the permanent job – a win record of just 21 per cent.

Man United have suffered an alarming slump since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as permanent boss
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And Neville says the manager needs to sign ‘at least’ one experienced midfielder and a top class striker to help out their ‘struggling’ youthful squad.

“Ole needs to spend the owners’ money in January,” added Neville. “He is doing what I call a ‘pure job’.

“He is essentially clearing out Van Gaal and Mourinho’s players and tried to bring in players who were young and British in the summer, with Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.

“But these players are not mature enough, they haven’t got enough experience or quality in the squad and they’re suffering badly.

“They’re well short in terms of investment and quality. Ole doesn’t want to just be clearing the decks for other people to come in and benefit, he needs to make sure he benefits from it.

“And so he needs to spent the money and be ruthless with the board.

“It takes a lot for me to say these things publicly because I’m so connected to the club, but he needs to spend their money and he needs to spend it well.

Neville has urged Solskjaer to be bold with the Man United board and demand more signings in January
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“I would say he needs a couple of midfield players and he needs a striker – that’s essential.

“A minimum of a midfield player and striker in January.

“He needs to line up two or three experienced players, because their current players are struggling on the pitch without guidance. They really are struggling, they need support out there.

“You look at James, Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Marcus Rashford, they all need experience alongside them.

“There’s no doubt they’re giving their all, but without some guidance it’s just really difficult.”

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