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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to Gary Neville’s suggestion that after signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho Manchester United have to win silverware.
Speaking on his podcast with Sky Sports, Neville 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 are set to face Villarreal in the matchday 2 of the Champions League group stage on Wednesday. And ahead of the game head coach Solskjaer has talked to the press and was asked about Neville’s comments, to which he replied:
“He has always got loads to say!
“The pressure is a privilege. To work in this environment you have to embrace it. I have got to say I have been backed and the progress has worked well.
“The backing I have got seems to me we are sticking to that plan. Expectations have improved with the better signings and performances. I am here to win, Gary knows that.
“We will get there, hopefully around April and May.”
Red Devils boss also added on Neville’s suggestion of the style of play:
“I have not read that. Of course you are working on your style of play, your patterns. The Aston Villa game we broke up play really well, attacked maybe too fast. Gary knows that. Maybe we did it too fast.
“I don’t think I’ve seen any game with less efficient playing time. It was 44 minutes the ref gave us, but 45 minutes of effective playing time is one of the lowest I’ve ever seen, normal 55, 60.
“If you slow it down too much it might be a low-block again. We know Villarreal will defend well. We need to play quickly, but Gary knows what DNA is here at the club.”
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