Ole Gunnar Solskjaer HITS BACK at old team-mate Gary Neville as he tells him ‘it’s not the time’ to lay into Ed Woodward because Man United are ‘making strides forward’ (despite being 30 points behind Liverpool!)
- Liverpool’s 2-0 win over United on Sunday put them 30 points ahead of rivals
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, believes United are making ‘strides forward’
- He pointed out that his team were in the game until Mohamed Salah’s late goal
- Solskjaer hit back at Gary Neville’s comments that Ed Woodward should be fired
Manchester United’s defeat by Liverpool at Anfield shows they are making ‘strides forward’, claims manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who hit back at his old team-mate Gary Neville.
After the game Sky Sports pundit Neville called for United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to be sacked over the club’s recruitment since he took over in 2013.
Asked about those comments, Solskjaer added: ‘Now is not the time to speak about recruitment. We’re looking to the next game against Burnley. We’re always looking to improve the squad and to improve the club but for my mind, now is not the time, Gary, to start this discussion.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts on the sidelines as Manchester United go down 2-0 to Liverpool
United’s defeat at Anfield left them 30 points behind Liverpool in the Premier League table
Solskjaer’s United are languishing in fifth place as Liverpool romp away with the league title
Gary Neville (right) called for United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to be sacked
Woodward’s record in the transfer market is patchy at best since taking on the role
United’s 2-0 loss to their old rivals on Sunday opened up a huge 30-point gap between the two clubs.
However, Solskjaer drew encouragement from the fact that his team only conceded a second goal in injury-time to the unbeaten Premier League leaders when Mohamed Salah added to Virgil van Dijk’s first-half header.
‘We’ve lost to Liverpool, a team that you all say are fantastic and we’ve been in the game until the last kick of the ball – for me, that’s strides forward,’ said Solskjaer.
‘Of course, we’re disappointed losing the game. We don’t want to be behind them in the league, but there were signs there that we are on the right track, definitely.
Neville and Solskjaer celebrating winning the Premier League in 2003
The old pals were able to share a joke before United played Barcelona last season
‘You can look back at history and, of course, we know we’re not where we want to be and should be and historically have been. It’s just down to us now to work better.
‘I’ve been here 13 months, and my experience with the players we’ve brought in has been good so no complaints whatsoever.’
United remain in talks with Sporting Lisbon over a deal for £60m-rated Bruno Fernandes, and Solskjaer added: ‘You’re never 100 per cent sure something’s going to happen until it happens so we’ll update you.’
Mohamed Salah only sealed Liverpool win in the dying moments after a breakaway attack
(L-R) Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Nemanja Matic react after Salah sealed Liverpool’s win
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