Neville: No boss should shape their own Man Utd philosophy

Joe Williams

No new manager should ever be able to come in at Manchester United and shape their own philosophy, according to Gary Neville.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival at the club has been a breath of fresh air for United supporters as his attacking football has led to a 100 per cent record in his first six matches.

United sides under Jose Mourinho – who was sacked in December – were often criticised for their defensive, boring football despite the Portuguese boss getting some good results in his first couple of seasons.

And Neville now thinks the club should go back to doing what they best long-term and attack teams from the start.

Neville told his own podcast: “No one should ever be allowed to enter Manchester United’s training ground or Old Trafford ever again to shape their own philosophy. That is done.

“Manchester United’s philosophy is so deep and so meaningful, it’s like Barcelona’s and it’s like Ajax’s. At Manchester United you play fast, attacking football in an entertaining way. You bring young players through and give them belief. And you win.

“To be honest with you, the third one sometimes goes in cycles. The winning actually comes as a result of doing the first two right. The third one doesn’t always happen. Sometimes you can go years without winning trophies. You can go years without winning things and picking up titles.

“I supported David Moyes, I supported Louis van Gaal and I supported Jose Mourinho. I thought they would win at the football club and I said it at the time. I’m not sitting here backtracking, thinking Manchester United made a bad decision by appointing Jose Mourinho.

“I thought this was perfect for the club because he cuts across everything and he does win. He did win to be fair to him. In the first season he won two trophies, but the league was what he was brought in to win.

“I thought Louis van Gaal would win as well. The money that has been spent is incredible, but what I have found difficult over the last seven years is the breach of philosophy. Yes, I think young players have still played, but it seems that they’ve allowed managers to pull the club from pillar to post.

“No one should ever be allowed to enter Manchester United Football Club ever again and adopt a different philosophy to the one the club has.

“What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done in a month, irrespective of the how the club do this season, has shown Manchester United that.

“I like watching it, that’s it. I want to go to the ground again. About six to eight weeks ago there was a game in midweek and I stayed at home and watched it on television. I didn’t want to go and there were many fans like that.”