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Neville happy for Man Utd to take their time en route back to the top

By CJ Smith

Published: 15:57, 29 May 2019

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims he is “not in a rush” to see success return to Old Trafford.

Despite securing a few cup wins, the Red Devils have failed to lift a Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge in 2012/13.

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  1. Man Utd haven’t won a Premier League title since Ferguson retired in 2013.
  2. Since then, they have only managed single FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League wins.
  3. The 2018/19 season saw Jose Mourinho sacked before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guided the club to sixth.
  4. Their squad is stacked with expensive players who have fallen below expectations, such as Alexis Sanchez, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.
  5. But Gary Neville would rather United maintain their “principles” than rush back to success.

This season has seen Jose Mourinho sacked as manager and despite an initial bounce under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United could only muster a sixth-place finish.

But Neville, who won 15 major honours during his time with United, has insisted he is in no rush to see the club bring back success, as long as their “principles” are maintained.

“I’m not in a rush with Manchester United, I don’t have to see them be successful in the next 10 minutes,” the former club captain said.

“As long as the principles are right – play good football, bring the right players through, try to win as best you can, don’t give in, good attitude – and for me, I can wait for two, three, four, five years for the club to be successful. It isn’t a problem for me.

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“I lived through 20 years as a fan when I was growing up where the club wasn’t successful. I’m not in a rush. I just want to see the right things happen and with Ole here as a coach there’s an opportunity for that to happen.”

Neville endorses Wan-Bissaka move

Solskjaer is set to overhaul his United squad this summer, with a number of expensive under performing players expected to move on and be replaced by young, exciting talent.

Welsh winger Daniel James looks set to move from Swansea City, while the 20-time English champions have also been heavily linked with Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff.

And Neville, who made over 600 appearances for United as a right-back during his playing days, has endorsed a move for Wan-Bissaka, although he acknowledged any deal won’t be cheap.

“He’s [Wan-Bissaka] a massive talent and the club, to be fair, have always signed young, emerging British talent,” Neville added.

“I don’t think that should change and it would seem to me that the club would like to go back down that route and he is one.

“The price is always going to be big because clubs are wise now to it, you can’t pinch players off clubs for £5m or £6m.

“They are wise to it and have the Premier League funding of £100-odd million so they don’t need to panic, they don’t need extra £5m or £10m – they want £50m or £60m.”