Neville: Winning Spurs not enough for Ole to get United job
It was an extended six wins in six games after Manchester United defeated Tottenham by 1-0 on Sunday, but Gary Neville has said that his former teammate should not get the Red Devils’ managerial job because of the win.
Solksjaer was named the United’s caretaker manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho last month.
The Norwegian international has spearheaded a turn of results that have saw the 20-time league champions closed the gap for a Champions League spot – with a gulf created under Mourinho.
With Solskjaer being mooted to take over the managerial position permanently, Neville posited that a proper evaluation should rather be done at the end of the season.
The former United Captain told Skysports: “Before the game, I said if Manchester United lost the game, the result should not determine the outcome of the next United manager.
“One thing I will say is because Manchester won, it shouldn’t determine the outcome of the Manchester United manager.
“It shouldn’t be like that. We shouldn’t flip from week to week as to whether Solskjaer should be the Manchester United manager at the end of the season or not. It’s something that I think will need to be looked at in April or May when there’s been a body of work put in.
Solskjaer spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern.
During his time at United, Solksjaer was mostly being used as a substitute – racking 126 goals in 366 appearances.
Neville claimed that the appointment of the former Cardiff manager was “papering over the cracks” – as it was more of an emotional call.
“When the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was made the Manchester United fans responded straight away, as they always would do to a club legend.
“However, there is part of you in this position thinking is it a bit of an emotional appointment that’s papering over the cracks. Is it a plaster over a wound that’s too deep?
“It’s now a month later and that performance against Tottenham is real. That’s a proper performance Manchester United have put in and they’ve won it because of really clever tactical play in the first-half that damaged Spurs,” he added.
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