United’s season has been up and down to say the least, with Solskjaer a genius one week and a dead man walking the next.
The latest setback – defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir – was followed by a 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday, a match where the online football betting had predicted the game to be a little closer than it actually was.
And Neville believes as long as the inconsistency remains, so too will the pressure on Solskjaer and speculation over his future at the club.
He said on The Gary Neville Podcast: “I was glued to the TV from 11.30am, thinking about the game, thinking about the previous week, and you just think: ‘We need a performance here, Ole needs a performance, the club need a performance, players need a performance’.
“They go behind, and I think United deservedly came out on top in the end.
“They’re just so inconsistent. If you think about the last week, the performance against Leipzig, PSG, against Arsenal, in Turkey, they’ve got to get rid of that, it’s up and down.
“It’s a thing that will always put them under pressure as players and a manager. You need consistency, ultimately that’s what a champion needs to be, and at the moment they’re inconsistent.”
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