Gary Neville: In some ways I’m happy with Manchester United form

Gary Neville: In some ways I’m happy with Manchester United form

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has surprised fans by admitting he’s somewhat happy the club’s form has dipped lately.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s introduction to the club meant fans experienced the most excitement of the season so far.

Unfortunately United’s early form under the Norwegian has since faded which has left their top four hopes in jeopardy.

Solskjaer had his side playing some of the most exciting football fans have seen since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and Neville admits to feeling the same way.

Despite the Red Devils suffering a humiliating 4-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals, the former right-back has seen the positives.

According to North Wales Live, Gary said: “It has been a big struggle since the PSG game. In some ways I’m happy.

“If United had carried on in the way that they had, it would have fooled everyone into thinking that this squad is better than it is.

“I always thought the end of March early April was the right time to announce it if it was going to be Ole.

“If you are going to do your work you have to do it early. If the players are susceptible to him getting the job and them dipping a bit, then I think he needed to know that now.

“I’m actually not unhappy that Ole is finding out more about his players in the last month than he did in the first six to eight weeks when everything was just golden.

“It was unbelievable. The PSG game was one of the best nights I’ve ever had as a Manchester United fan. It was crazy and mad but felt so United.”

There’s certainly truth to Neville’s words as there is so often but there is the feeling the players aren’t underperforming for Ole.

Most supporters feel the current crop do need investing in but that the dip in form is mostly down to fitness and injuries.

United have looked leggy and exhausted from the start of matches which is suggestive that they aren’t used to Solskjaer’s demanding tactics yet.

The players have often started fixtures well for five or ten minutes, just as they did against Barcelona, before running out of steam and falling behind.

Unfortunately Ole can’t work on their fitness until pre-season so his gamble may backfire if he isn’t careful.

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