Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must follow Sir Alex Ferguson’s “thesis” on Man United’s poor performance.


Gary Neville has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take a page out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s book and go back to basics as the Red Devils face a tricky run of fixtures

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he should go back to basics, like Sir Alex Ferguson, after United failed to pick up three points.

Leicester City put four past the Red Devils on Saturday afternoon, leaving United winless in their last three Premier League games.

However, despite the setback, the United hierarchy are believed to have no intention of sacking the Norwegian.

And with a tough run of fixtures coming up for the Red Devils, Neville has urged Solskjaer to take a page out of Sir Alex’s book.

Neville and Solskjaer were teammates under the Scotsman at United in the 90s and 00s.

“I like [Edinson] Cavani. Do you know what, I’d stick Cavani and [Cristiano] Ronaldo upfront and play two up and play a narrow midfield four,” Neville said on Instagram.

“I always remember when we were in trouble at times at United, Sir Alex would put Nicky Butt in midfield with Roy Keane.

“He’d put Scholes just off to the left and tuck him in a bit, he’d put Becks to the right – or he’d even put Darren Fletcher to the right.

“And [he would]play a narrow four and leave the two strikers up knowing they’d get a goal.

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“We always used to work on the theory, when we were playing badly and we were in a bad moment, that you keep your shape, keep a clean sheet and just one of them lot upfront will score a goal.

“I know it sounds really, really simple.

“But when you’re going through a difficult time you don’t really want coaches blurting loads of really high-end tactics to you and loads of nonsense.

“You just really want simple messages. Football players want simple, clear messages.”

The result leaves United in sixth, outside of the Champions League spots.

And United now face Liverpool at home before travelling to Spurs and then welcoming Manchester City to Old Trafford.


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