Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville thinks ex-teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not have been comfortable despite their recent run of good form.
United have since gone on to lose to Bournemouth after three straight victories in all competitions following their draw against Liverpool a fortnight ago.
Speaking exclusively to TalkSPORT before their EFL Cup win over Chelsea, Neville praised Solskjaer for briefly turning the club’s fortunes around, though suggested the Norwegian will not have relaxed after seeing his side find some form.
He said: “Ole had been questioned tactically but he got it right [against Liverpool] and that was the start of this little run they’re on, beating Partizan and then the Norwich win was big.
“I don’t think they would have been capable of going to Norwich and winning pre-the international break. That Liverpool game gave them a little bit of confidence to think: ‘We’re better than this, let’s be positive and beat Norwich’.
“So there has been a mini-revival, but I don’t think Ole will be sat comfortable in his chair. I think he realises he is one game away from the clouds circling again.”
Neville’s prophecy suggests that the pressure will be mounting on the United boss once again after Joshua King’s strike was enough to see off the Red Devils on the south coast – with United only picking up one Premier League win in their last six attempts.
That result left them in 10th place at the close of play on Saturday, and could have been replaced in the top half by Tottenham Hotspur if they beat Everton in Sunday’s evening kick-off.
Some fans were upset following the defeat to Eddie Howe’s team, but with United only having won three of their Premier League games this season, dropping points this weekend may not have been a total surprise.
Pressure at a club like Manchester United is arguably a given, so Neville’s comments may not be too revelatory, but the idea that Solskjaer was under pressure despite previously being in good form perhaps displays the fragile nature of both his job and United’s season so far.
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