‘There is going to be pain’ – Gary Neville says patience is key as United continue to falter
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has called for calm at his former club after Manchester United succumbed to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace last weekend.
Neville suggested that the transitional period United are in means periods of poor form are to be expected at Old Trafford – but did give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a timeframe to get his squad into shape for a sustained title challenge.
Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, the former defender implied that the club are going to have to stomach these kinds of results as the club look to bounce back from a disappointing 2018/19 campaign.
He said (via Sky Sports): “I think United are going to have moments like that in this period, there is going to be pain and there are going to be defeats that you can’t quite explain.
“Beating Chelsea emphatically on the first day, playing well at Wolves and could’ve won the game. Then all of a sudden, you’re up against Crystal Palace and you lose at home – it’s quite mystifying.
“They’re the type of results you get when you’re trying to develop and change and transition out of one culture to another. All Manchester United have to do is remain patient and stick to what they’re doing.
“I would suggest four or five transfer windows to get things absolutely right and get back to the type of squad [Solskjaer] would want to challenge these Liverpool and Manchester City teams. I’ve said before, he’s got to be ready, not at the end of this season, not next season, but the one after, to challenge for the Premier League title.”
Neville has played down the need for panic after a testing period for the club, who have only won one of their last eight Premier League matches – and perhaps with good reason.
With Neville suggesting the title is out of their reach, United can surely afford to drop the odd point with a top-four target in mind, especially given that Spurs achieved a Champions League spot despite losing more games than United did last season.
So with the season still young, their hopes of a positive campaign are hardly up in smoke at this early stage – despite United’s status in English football experiencing a turbulent few years.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!