Phil Neville backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite Man United’s ‘sickening’ 5-0 loss to Liverpool as the under attack boss is given time to turn things around at Old Trafford
Phil Neville has backed his old team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to turn things around at Manchester United in the wake of Sunday’s 5-0 against Liverpool.
Solskjaer has been given a stay of execution after fearing he would be sacked after the humiliating result at Old Trafford.
United head to Tottenham on Saturday for a match that is now a must-win with Solskjaer and his methods under scrutiny more than ever.
Pressurized Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) has gained the support of his former Manchester United team-mate Phil Neville (left) as he fights to save his job
Solskjaer feels the tension after Sunday’s humiliating 5-0 home defeat against Liverpool
But he was supported by Inter Miami coach Neville, who played alongside him at United between 1996 and 2005.
“I’ve played in United teams that have lost 5-0,” he told the Miami Herald.
“These things happen in football. I think the sensationalism of everything is just getting out of hand right now.
United lost a football match 5-0 to Liverpool. Yes, it hurt. Yes, it was probably a really sickening blow to anyone who has ever played, supported or been involved with Manchester United, but it’s like United have never lost 5-0 in their history.
“This happened and United recovered and won things. I lost 5-0 at St James’ Park. Philippe Albert chipped Peter Schmeichel and it didn’t feel any different.
“The only difference was that there weren’t a billion people on Twitter who thought they knew best about this, that, and the other.”
Neville himself is under pressure as Inter Miami struggles to reach the MLS playoffs
Neville pointed out that Man United had previously lost 5-0, including to Newcastle in 1996
United were also on the receiving end of a 5-0 drubbing by Chelsea in 1999
Neville didn’t play in his cited 5-0 defeat to Newcastle United in October 1996, but he was involved when Alex Ferguson’s side lost 6-3 to Southampton a week later.
He also played in United’s midfield when they lost 5-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in October 1999.
Neville coaches MLS side Inter Miami, owned by his former teammate David Beckham, and they face an uphill battle to reach the playoffs when they head to Atlanta on Wednesday night.
Solskjaer has not been fired for the time being, but United plan to review the 48-year-old’s position in December. In the summer, he was given a new three-year contract.
The Norwegian received high-profile support from legendary manager Ferguson when he visited the training ground on Tuesday.