Gary Neville discusses Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future at Man United

The Man United legend opens up about whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves the permanent managerial role at Old Trafford

Gary Neville
Manchester United legend Gary Neville (Photo: Sky Sports)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t deserve the Manchester United job on a permanent basis purely because of their 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur, according to Gary Neville.

The Red Devils turned to their former striker to take over the reins at Old Trafford last month despite his lack of experience.

Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho with Manchester United in sixth place in the Premier League table and 11 points adrift of the top four.

The Red Devils eased to comfortable victories over Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth and Newcastle United.

However, the Norwegian coach was handed the first real test of his temporary reign last weekend when Manchester United made the long trip to Wembley.

Tottenham started the 22nd round of Premier League fixtures in third place and six points behind current leaders Liverpool FC.

However, Solskjaer and his Manchester United side managed to spring a surprise thanks to Marcus Rashford’s first-half winner.

The Red Devils withstood Tottenham’s impressive second-half display to secure three points and move to within six points of Chelsea FC.

Manchester United followed up that big win at Wembley with a close-fought 2-1 victory over Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

Solskjaer has been talked up as a permanent manager at Old Trafford, although Mauricio Pochettino continues to be linked with the role.

Former Manchester United defender Neville doesn’t believe Solskjaer merits the role just on the basis of the club’s triumph at Tottenham.

“Before the [Tottenham] game, I said if Manchester United lost the game, the result should not determine the outcome of the next United manager,” Neville told his Sky Sports podcast.

“One thing I will say is because Manchester won, it shouldn’t determine the outcome of the Manchester United manager. It shouldn’t be like that. We shouldn’t flip from week to week as to whether Solskjaer should be the Manchester United manager at the end of the season or not.

“It’s something that I think will need to be looked at in April or May when there’s been a body of work put in.”

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