Man Utd hero Gary Neville’s true feelings on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacking ahead of Watford

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Manchester United hero Gary Neville has shed further light on his Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sack stance ahead of today’s Premier League clash with Watford. The Red Devils go into the match looking to bounce back after a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City last time out. Yet another loss would only see the doom and gloom mood around the place increase.

United have been dire this season, losing six of their last 12 matches in the process.

And that’s left Solskjaer fighting for his job at Old Trafford, despite the Norwegian only being given a new three-year contract back in the summer.

Neville has been criticised by some for refusing to demand the departure of his former team-mate, especially when compared to some of his comments on David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho in the past.

And he’s now explained his true feelings on the matter, insisting he ‘knows the impact’ his words could have.

“There are people saying this is the worst moment of my punditry career,” he told the Daily Mail.

“They say I am not being honest. But I am not paid on TV to sack managers and I ain’t doing it.

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“I know the impact of Gary Neville saying a Man United manager should be sacked.

“For the pundits who have said it then ‘Well done’ but it’s not my style.

“When I see another pundit calling for any sacking, I cringe. My stomach turns.

“My line is crossed with that. Maybe their line is in a different place.”

Neville played alongside Solskjaer during their time at United under Sir Alex Ferguson.

And the retired Red Devils right-back has admitted he’s found his old side’s plight ‘heartbreaking’, especially for his old team-mate.


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“This season has been a shock and they have a horrific week coming up,” the Sky Sports pundit added.

“The signing of some very good players adds further condemnation to these recent performances.

“I think United with this squad should challenge for the title.

“But we are in a really bad position and it’s heartbreaking to watch Ole.

“For Man United fans who loved him and ex-players who still love him.

“It’s not easy commentating on a former team-mate.

“I think Ole not sorting out the compactness of the team earlier was silly. It was a glaring tactical omission.

“I am happy to say that. Not good enough. But I just won’t say the other thing. Not about Ole or any manager. I never have.

“I had to decide 11 years ago what type of person and pundit I wanted to be.

“When Arsene Wenger was dying at the end I was critical of Arsenal fans marching against him. There were complaints when I called one of them a muppet.

“As pundits we have to decide whether we are comfortable asking for a fellow human being to be sacked. I feel I am a respectable human being.”

Neville also believes Solskjaer and his United staff need to start ‘having an impact’ if they’re to turn things around.

“I want Ole and the coaching team to start having an impact,” he said. “It has to happen quickly. Ole has at least given United a thread of what the club should be.

“The worst for me that Ole can be is a great bridge to get United back to its values. It’s whether he can get them to the other side of the ravine and get them to a point where they will be successful again.

“And that at the moment is highly in doubt. It shocked me when I looked at the 3-0 Tottenham victory having looked at the defeat a week earlier against Liverpool.

“They looked compact and organised and drilled and I thought to myself: “What the hell was that against Liverpool, Villa, Villarreal, Everton, Leicester?”

“That tells you they can coach but they haven’t done it enough. They have to get their tactics right now.

“You know how hot it is now. People are lining up for a whack. I don’t think Ole and those players can take much more.”

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