Gary Neville has delivered his considered verdict on where Manchester United find themselves under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer right now.
United lost 1-0 to Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday, with Kortney Hause scoring the winner with two minutes left and Bruno Fernandes blazing a penalty over in injury time.
Solskjaer ‘s men began the season in fine form, winning three of their opening five games with only three goals conceded in that sequence.
However, since losing 2-1 to Young Boys in the Champions League on September 14th, United have only won once and lost three games.
They were beaten 1-0 by West Ham in the Carabao Cup in midweek and Neville has assessed United’s patchy form over the past couple of weeks.
Speaking on his podcast with Sky Sports, he said: ” Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho has not settled in yet but they have to come together as a team and start to define a style of play and then you start to get results when you do not play well.
“The way they are the moment they will always have days like that, they will have patches of four or five games when they only win two but then they will go and win 15 on the bounce and be unbeaten away for I don’t know how long.
“That’s the team they are and I have called them ‘the odd bunch’ because I still look at them and think as though they are a team that wins games in moments.
“When I look at Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, they are teams and put team performances in.
“That is not to say United never do but Ole has got them now into a team.
“I said two weeks ago, and this was not to put pressure on Ole, that it was make or break with the Ronaldo signing.
“That is not me putting pressure on players or the manager, it is a matter of fact.”
United spent big in the summer, bringing in Sancho and Varane while adding Ronaldo to a team that already has Edinson Cavani, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial in its ranks.
And Neville reckons United have to win silverware within a season-and-a-half.
“If you sign Edinson Cavani, Fernandes, Ronaldo, Sancho and Varane you have got to then win a trophy at some point in the next 12-to-18 months,” he said. “This season or next when Ronaldo is here, that is why it is a make or break signing.
“They have to win a trophy.
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“That is why it was a bad one against West Ham. I am sitting there watching that game at home and I am thinking ‘well this is one of the trophies you can win’ and I have seen this trophy be a springboard for teams to go and be really successful.
“I lifted the trophy [in 2006] and all of a sudden within two years we were in the Champions League final and winning it.
“And that was the [Wayne] Rooney and Ronaldo era, that was their first trophy.
“That was a game to go and win against West Ham, go and win it.
“Get to the next round, win a trophy in march and it gives you the impetus for the rest of the season and the confidence.”