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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a big job on his hands according to Gary Neville..

Gary Neville thinks there's more to Solksjaer at Man Utd than just being a manager

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It's all change at Manchester United once again after the sacking of Jose Mourinho - the third since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down in 2013.

There is a sense that things are different this time, admittedly, with Ole Gunnar Solkskjaer stepping up to try and bring back the atmosphere of the old United.

That had certainly left Old Trafford under Mourinho, although you could argue that it was long gone by the time the Portuguese boss even arrived.

United had looked stagnant under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal never looked like a good fit at the club during his couple of years in charge.

But positivity and expectation had left the club under Mourinho - the speed in which United were forced to accept that this year would be a struggle was quite staggering.

Some hope is back now that Solskjaer has arrived and a return to the Ferguson-era may be on its way.

Although according to Gary Neville, there's still plenty to do at United.

"Are they Manchester United players from a quality point of view?" he told the Gary Neville Podcast. "Let's remember 35 per cent of this squad were here under David Moyes and he couldn't get the best out of them.

"Around 55-60 per cent of the squad were here under Louis van Gaal and he couldn't get the best out of them.

Neville believes Solksjaer is more than just a manager at United.

"I am not sure the players are good enough, some of them are, and maybe the best from them is what we are seeing, so it's not as easy as saying did Jose Mourinho get the best from these players.

"There are three managers who have failed to get the best from the majority of these players, so then I ask are the players the right quality?"

That's the big question facing United over the next six months - just how much needs changing?

Neville feels the players have let three consecutive managers down.

And Neville believes that question means Solskjaer having a much bigger job than it initially looks.

"Ole's job in the next six months is to be head coach, head scout, head of recruitment and making sure he feeds back really good information into the recruitment department of what the club needs," he said.

No pressure then.

Topics:
Alex Ferguson
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Gary Neville
Louis van Gaal
Football
Jose Mourinho
David Moyes
Premier League

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