Manchester United are ‘far better placed’ to win Premier League title under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer than Jose Mourinho, says Gary Neville


Manchester United are currently in second (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Gary Neville has taken a dig at Jose Mourinho by insisting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a ‘far better’ chance of ending the club’s wait for a Premier League title due to the new-found spirit and harmony at Old Trafford.

Mourinho was appointed in 2016 to end United’s wait for a title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement but he departed in late 2018 having failed to deliver.

Solskjaer is yet to win silverware in his two years at the Theatre of Dreams but the Norwegian has stabilised the club and supporters are happier with the style of play at the club, as well as the progress in results.

And Neville believes Solskjaer has put his former club in a far stronger position than Mourinho ever managed, with the ex-United skipper questioning whether the players liked one another under the Portuguese.

Neville sees better signs at Old Trafford (Picture: SkySports)

Over the last 12 months, Manchester United have put an incredible run of results together.

‘The points tally has been big, year to year. To actually go 20 games away from home needs applauding because it’s hard to do that,’ Neville told the Sky Sports Podcast.

‘What do you use to demonstrate teams that have got good character and personality? 

‘They’re good away from home, they’re good on set pieces, they look like they want to play with each other. 

‘That’s why I think this Manchester United team is better suited than the one from two or three years ago under Jose Mourinho that finished second.

‘I actually feel there’s a better spirit. I think they’ve got a far better chance of winning the league in the next two or three years than they were under Jose a couple of years ago.

‘I thought it was a strange bunch of lads, they just didn’t seem to like each other. They didn’t really appeal to me as a fan.’

United’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea means they’ve capitalised on defeats to rivals Leicester and West Ham this weekend but Liverpool are the big winners as the champions closed the gap on the top four.

Jurgen Klopp’s men host Chelsea at Anfield in midweek, where United will hope to make the most of dropped points for either or both of the sides with a win against Crystal Palace.

United’s focus will be on securing second place in the Premier League given Manchester City’s lead at the top and they currently have a six-point buffer on Chelsea in fifth.


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