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Sport Gary Neville: Solskjaer's Man United 'far better' than Mourinho days

04:20  01 march  2021
04:20  01 march  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Gary Neville claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a better chance of winning the title with Manchester United than Jose Mourinho ever did in his two-and-a-half season at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer's United drew 0-0 at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, a result which solidifed the Red Devils' place in the top-four but distanced the gap between Premier League leaders Manchester City to 12 points.

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Jose Mourinho et al. looking at the camera: Gary Neville claims Man United are more likely to win the Premier League title under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left0 than they ever did with Jose Mourinho (right) © Provided by Daily Mail Gary Neville claims Man United are more likely to win the Premier League title under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left0 than they ever did with Jose Mourinho (right) a group of football players on a field: Solskjaer's United drew 0-0 with Chelsea on Sunday afternoon to go 12 points off the top © Provided by Daily Mail Solskjaer's United drew 0-0 with Chelsea on Sunday afternoon to go 12 points off the top

Neville claims that Mourinho formed a 'strange bunch of lads' during his time at United and claims the togetherness shown by Solskjaer's squad means they are better-equipped for the title.

The former United defender told Sky Sports: 'Over the last 12 months, Manchester United have put an incredible run of results together. The points tally has been big, year to year.

'To actually go 20 games away from home needs applauding because it's hard to do that. What do you use to demonstrate teams that have got good character and personality?

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'They're good away from home, they're good on set pieces, they look like they want to play with each other.

Gary Neville looking at the camera: Neville claims Solskjaer's side are happier than Mourinho's team that finished second in 2018 © Provided by Daily Mail Neville claims Solskjaer's side are happier than Mourinho's team that finished second in 2018

'That's why I think this Manchester United team is better suited than the one from two or three years ago under Jose Mourinho that finished second. I actually feel there's a better spirit.

'I think they've got a far better chance of winning the league in the next two or three years than they were under Jose a couple of years ago.


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'I thought it was a strange bunch of lads, they just didn't seem to like each other. They didn't really appeal to me as a fan.'

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Neville claims the players Mourinho assembled at Old Trafford 'did not like each other' © Provided by Daily Mail Neville claims the players Mourinho assembled at Old Trafford 'did not like each other'

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The majority of Mourinho's signings were moved on by Solskjaer when he replaced the iconic Portuguese coach at Old Trafford, with the club adopting a different transfer strategy under the Norwegian.

Solskjaer has overseen the signing of younger talents including Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Amad Diallo - while several of the club's youth team stars such as Mason Greenwood, Shola Shoretire and Axel Tuanzebe are enjoying more first-team minutes.

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Neville also claims that United are closer to the Premier League title than Chelsea, who recently sacked club legend Frank Lampard to bring in former Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel.

The German has enjoyed an unbeaten start to life at Stamford Bridge despite facing the likes of United, Atletico Madrid and Mourinho's Tottenham in his opening matches.

When asked about United's chances of the title, Neville said: 'I think they're going in the right direction. Whether they get there or not, that's another matter; we'll know in the future. But they're certainly going in the right direction.'

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'I think United are nearer (than Chelsea). I think Chelsea got some work to do on the defence.

Thomas Tuchel in a blue uniform holding a football ball: Neville claims United are closer to winning the title than Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea (above) © Provided by Daily Mail Neville claims United are closer to winning the title than Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea (above)

'I think that there's some maturity in their players in attack - (Kai) Havertz, (Timo) Werner, (Christian) Pulisic, (Hakim) Ziyech - I think there are outstanding talents there, but they've all got to merge.

'But it won't take much from Chelsea's point of view to get there, it's whoever recruits better in the summer, which players develop more, and which managers can get the best out of the players.

'But I'd say that for United this season to finish second would be a huge advance on last season.

'For Chelsea to get into the top four under Tuchel I think would be very good. And then they've both got to try and win another trophy if they can.'

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