Gary Neville urges Solskjaer to follow Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola example at Man United – Manchester Evening News

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has called for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take a leaf out of past Premier League title-winning managers in regards to his team selections.

The United manager, who will be hoping to see his side get back to winning ways when they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on Saturday afternoon, came under fire for his decision to make two surprising changes against Everton prior to the international break.

From the side that had been beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa a week earlier, Solskjaer opted to drop both Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo to the bench, prompting criticism from some fans and pundits.

And Neville now insists Solskjaer needs to decide on a settled strongest line-up to bolster United’s title chances, pointing to the examples that have been previously been set by former United manager Jose Mourinho and Manchester City chief Pep Guardiola.

Neville told The Overlap : “I think it has got to a point where he thinks he can do a little bit of what Sir Alex [Ferguson] used to do, where has got 22 players and they’re all good players.

“I can hear him [Ferguson] speaking, actually. He said: ‘You’re all good players, I trust you and I can bring five in there’.

“But if you look at Jose [Mourinho], Pep [Guardiola] and Jurgen Klopp when they were trying to win trophies and establish winning trophies, they did keep a more consistent team.

“He has to keep a more consistent team in the league, and the league is going to be the competition that makes or breaks him.

“Yes, of course, he could win the Champions League, but he does have to win the league at some point. You cannot keep spending money and not winning the league.”

Although United will resume their campaign against Leicester on Saturday in a very healthy position as far as the title race is concerned, Neville believes United’s start to the season is a lot worse than it appears because of the calibre of opposition they have faced compared to rivals.

Neville added: “My fear for Ole is that the start of the season is worse than it looks. At the moment, you look at the league and you think ‘they are two points off the top’.

“But they haven’t played a single team [who are expected to challenge]. I haven’t watched United live this season because I have been doing all the other games.

“Liverpool have played top teams, Chelsea have played top teams, City have played Chelsea and Liverpool. They have all played each other in the first seven games. United haven’t kicked a ball against what you would call a ‘top team’ yet.

“Everton are doing well, but against the top-six, United haven’t played one of them.”

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