Manchester United legend Gary Neville has urged the Glazers to “hold their nerve” as pressure mounts on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Red Devils have got off to their worst Premier League start in 30 years under the Norwegian, leading to himpleading with the club’s American ownersto stick with him.
Despite their nightmare start, Neville believes his former team-mate needs to be given time to rebuild the club as he attempts to “sweep up the mess created before him”.
He reckons the club need to commit to backing him in the transfer market with a view to long-term progression – although he reiterated his view that vice-chairman Ed Woodward has “had his chance”.
Speaking on Sky Sports ahead of United’s game withNewcastle, Neville said: “I feel he is sweeping up a mess that was created before him and he is being put under pressure because of that.
“He has a lot of injuries but it is an immature team. He has a young coaching staff and the club needs to hold their nerve.
“They need to give him the money in the transfer window that previous managers at this club have had.
“Solskjaer needs to make sure he is the manager to exploit from this clean up he is doing.
“I don’t know what the mandate is. I am hoping they have told him they will back him for three or four transfer windows.
“There has been a step back to go forward. I can see a logic to things.
“I don’t believe the man at the top (Ed Woodward) should be there to do it anymore. He has had his chance.”
Despite Neville’s backing for Solskjaer, colleague Jamie Redknapp claimed they must be considering how much time they are willing to give him to turn things around.
“When he replaced Mourinho, you thought it was a new dawn. United looked a good side under him,” Redknapp said.
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“But they have gone back to type. The three signings have been good.
“This is their worst start in 30 years. He is a very lucky man to get the job – he has managed Molde andCardiff.”
Do you give him time? There comes a time where, if this carries on, you can’t. It is impossible.
“The problem is, who is out there?
“This is a very difficult job. That transition, trying to win the league and dominate again.”