Gary Neville’s first impression of Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Manchester Evening News

Gary Neville thought Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘was a fan’ when he first walked through the door at Old Trafford.

Neville, who played with Solskjaer for 11-years at Old Trafford, has been recently criticised by some United supporters for not calling for the club’s boss to be sacked.

But Neville says he has been firm on his thoughts about the club’s tactics and players but has never called on the United boss to be replaced.

Speaking on Monday Night Football, Neville gave his honest views on the situation, as he said: “He should be under massive pressure because he’s been there for two years, 100 per cent.

“But the club are not going to change him. I have Manchester United fans on my social media saying you won’t call him out because he’s your mate. No I won’t. I won’t call out any manager and ask for them to be sacked.

“He’s my former team-mate and I actually like him a lot, Manchester United have failed with two managers who are perceived as world class. I think you give him until the end of the season.

“I disagree with Jamie [Carragher], if you win a trophy and finish in the top four, that is progress. The pressure is building though, what a collection of players, he has to get them to perform.”

Neville first met Solskjaer when the Norwegian joined United from Molde for £1.5million in 1996.

The United boss went on to make 366 appearances, scoring 126 goals, as he claimed six Premier League title winner’s medals, two FA Cups, the Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup.

Neville, who was already at United when Solskjaer first joined, recalled the first meeting between the pair – saying he didn’t realise at first that the Norwegian was a new signing.

He told Sky Sports’ “Off Script” podcast: “I remember Ole walking into the changing room at the Cliff for the first time and he walks in with what I can only describe as a jumper from the 1970s.

“Honestly, no word of a lie, I genuinely thought he must have won a competition like as a fan from Norway or something.

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“He walked in, he looked about nine, he walked in and he was like very thin, he had this jumper on, which I always mention to him.

“Then after about a week in training, I remember we were playing a small-sided game and he had his technique of scoring a goal when he was in short spaces.

“He would take it to the side and then push it back, pull it back through your legs into the far corner and I’m thinking ‘He’s a bit more clever than he looks.'”

Solskjaer ended his playing career in 2007 amid a recurrence of a long-standing knee injury but joined the United coaching staff and managed the Reserves for two years until he left to manage Molde in 2010.

Solskjaer guided Molde to their first-ever titles in 2011 and 2012 before he was appointed Cardiff manager in January 2014. The Bluebirds were relegated from the Premier League and Solskjaer was sacked after eight months.

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