Gary Neville says Solskjaer is working with squad 'like the one Klopp picked up at Liverpool'

Gary Neville has compared Solskjaer's job to the one Klopp took on.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a mixed start to life as Manchester United boss, to put it mildly.

He began with an incredible winning streak that ran on for months, turning a side languishing in sixth into real top-four contenders.

But then, as though at the flick of a switch, things fell apart.

Solskjaer signed a permanent contract in March, right before the losses began to happen.

United eventually finished sixth - right where they'd started - but the boss was kept on for a summer rebuild in the transfer window.

The plan was to get things back on track, obviously, but things look quite similar after three games.

United legend Gary Neville feels there's no need to worry, however, as things will take time.

He compares the situation to the one Jurgen Klopp inherited at Liverpool in October 2015, pointing out that it took him three-and-a-half years to get things where he wanted.

"It took [Pep] Guardiola 12 months, three transfer windows [to get on track], because he had a better squad in the first place," Neville told the 'Gary Neville Podcast'.

Solskjaer took over at Man United back in December.

"It's taken Klopp three or four years to affect the culture fully and get a team fully in what he would say is his style, his culture and what he wants to do.

"It does take time. Solskjaer is working more with a squad like the one Klopp picked up at Liverpool than the one Guardiola inherited at City.

"From that point of view this is going to be a long game at Old Trafford and it's going to be frustrating at times."

That might not be the fairest comparison, however.

Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers in October 2015.

For one thing, Solskjaer took over a squad that finished 2nd the previous season. Klopp took over a side that had finished 6th, just two points above Southampton.

And individually, too, it wasn't quite the same.

The most expensive player in that Liverpool team was £32m Christian Benteke - a far cry from £90m Paul Pogba and £75m Romelu Lukaku.

Sure, neither squad was perfect, but Solskjaer hasn't got quite as far to go as Klopp did.

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