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Neville calls for Solskjaer to “clean up the trash” in Man Utd’s dressing room

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 16:10, 15 September 2019

Gary Neville says Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to “clean up the trash” in the dressing room before the club can be successful again.

The 20-time English champions have struggled to regularly compete for silverware in recent years following the retirement of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.

Solskjaer’s transformation of Man Utd: Five key things to know…

  • Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho as Man Utd boss on an interim basis last December.
  • He won 14 of his opening 24 matches before getting the job full-time.
  • However, he’s only won four of his following 15 games, two of those coming in Man Utd’s opening five league games of this season.
  • No fewer than six first-team players departed in the summer, including Romelu Lukaku.
  • Neville believes Solskjaer needs to move a couple of more players on before the Red Devils can be successful again.

Solskjaer is Man Utd’s fourth permanent head coach since Ferguson’s departure, none of whom have threatened to win the championship. Following a promising start he’s struggled recently, though picked up a much-needed win over Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

An eighth minute Marcus Rashford penalty was enough for Man Utd to register only their second win of this Premier League season.

Heading into the campaign, Solskjaer oversaw an overhaul of the playing staff with no fewer than six first-team players departing – most notably Lukaku and Ander Herrera, both of whom former Man Utd captain Neville has criticised.

However, despite moving these players on, the footballer turned pundit feels there’s more that needs to be done and Solskjaer should be given a couple of transfer windows to make further progress.

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“He should get the transfer window in January, into the summer and next season. Then there has to be a progression, you have to see improvement, but look at Jurgen Klopp. It took four years before he won anything, but it started to get better after 12 months,” he told TV2.

“It is a young team, and I as a Manchester United supporter believe he should get this and next season.

“Give him three to four transfer windows to clean up the trash in the dressing room, because there is trash in there. You have to weed out the weeds, and that’s not his fault.

“He has to create his winning team, but it takes time. Liverpool have gone 30 years without winning the Premier League, so it’s not that fantastic anywhere. This will take time.”

United currently occupy fourth place in the Premier League table and are just two points shy of Manchester City following their shock defeat to Norwich. However, early pacesetters Liverpool are already seven points clear of their traditional rivals.