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Gary Neville: Manchester United must learn lesson from Jurgen Klopp project at Liverpool

by Leo Nieboer

Gary Neville has emphasised that Manchester United must keep faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and maintain the same long-term vision as Liverpool have with Jurgen Klopp.

The latter was appointed in October 2015 and inherited nothing short of a mess, finishing eighth in the Premier League table that season.

Some might say that the dourness of Man United’s 1-1 draw with Southampton last weekend was resemblant of those Liverpool performances of 2015 and 2016 when Klopp still did not have the personnel in place to fully implement his vision.

Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, the pundit stressed that United must allow for this Solskjaer project to breathe instead of clearing the slate again.

“What Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have done at Manchester City and Liverpool, it took time to get right,” he said.

“It does take time. Solskjaer is working more with a squad like the one Klopp picked up at Liverpool than the one Guardiola inherited at City.”

The number of times this writer saw Liverpool fans, following a dysfunctional performance, called for the removal of Klopp, is impossible to count.

Time and time again, it did not seem to be working, the same mistakes being made, the project not winning people over.

But Liverpool waited. The Mamadou Sakhos, Joe Allens and Steven Gerrards of that Liverpool side were slowly but surely moved along, paving the way for something fresh, something better. Last season, as we all know, they won the Champions League, and deservedly too.

United are at the start of that long road now. You can only hope that the decision-making apparatus at Old Trafford has the same passion and belief as Liverpool did in 2015.

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