Phil Neville's comments about Manchester United on MOTD after Burnley defeat anger fans


Manchester United fans are sick and tired of their ex-players defending Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the media.

The likes of Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs have all stuck up for the under-fire Solskjaer in recent months - which is hardly surprising considering they played with the Norwegian and consider him a friend.

The latest ex-United player to publicly defend Solskjaer is Phil Neville, who was the retired striker’s teammate between 1996-2005.

Neville, who currently manages the England women’s national team, was one of the guest pundits on Match of the Day on Wednesday night.

And he angered United fans with his comments about the club.

Neville said the Red Devils must stick with Solskjaer, he believes there are signs that the club are heading in the right direction, and he said the fans have got to accept this is where Man Utd are at right now.

“I think they’ve got to stick with him [Solskjaer],” Neville said on MOTD. “The squad to me looks light, it looks inexperienced, it looks weighed down by the expectation.

“I think they need two signings in this window to have any success this season.


“There’s bits I see from them that I think, ‘They’re heading in the right direction'. The youth side, the energy around the place.

“It’s just that lack of quality. United are where they are at this moment in time and people have got to accept it.”

Neville’s comments went down badly with frustrated fans on social media.

@TheManUtdWay posted a clip of Neville’s comments to their 178,000 Twitter followers alongside the caption: “I can’t really put into words how let down I feel by Phil Neville tonight. To call the fans entitled and to accept the position we’re in and to get on with it is disrespectful to the club who made his career and every fan of this club around the world. Disgusting.”

And here’s some more reaction from United supporters…

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It wasn’t just United fans who thought Neville was talking nonsense.

The Daily Telegraph’s Matt Law tweeted on Thursday: “Phil Neville said United have got to stick with Solskjaer and that ‘they are where they are and people have got to accept it.’ Absolute nonsense. There is no way anybody associated with United should accept what's going on and there is no way Solskjaer should be manager.”

Whether you believe Solskjaer should be sacked or given more time, it’s clear that recent results and performances have been unacceptable.

A club like Man Utd should not be 30 points behind the league leaders after 24 games.

A club like Man Utd should not see their fans flooding out of the stadium in their droves after 85 minutes while the team are losing 2-0 at home to Burnley.

And a club like Man Utd should not have wasted so much money on average players over the past six-and-a-half years.

Ed Woodward and the Glazers have a lot to answer for - but, regardless, it’s getting harder and harder to believe that Solskjaer is the right man for the job.

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