Gary Neville admits Manchester United are not playing enough as a team to win the Premier League, but denied the club will sack manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Calls for Solskjaer’s sacking have grown after United suffered their third defeat in four games against Aston Villa on Saturday.
“There was a lot of ‘Ole out’ talk on Saturday,” Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast. “The club have done that over the last eight or 10 years. It’s not worked. They will see this project through; I don’t like calling a managerial reign projects, but they will see this through.
“They’ve had great managers, world class managers, international managers in the building, and it’s not worked for the club or the fans. The style of play, whatever it might be. However, it does seem at this moment that the dressing room is happy. But they’ve got to start becoming a team.
“I know what’s going to happen when I see Man City building up from the back. I know what’s going to happen at Liverpool. When Man Utd are building from the back or through midfield, I don’t know what’s coming next sometimes.”
He added: “I said it even when they were winning, even when Ronaldo scored, they don’t play well enough as a team to win this league in my view. They don’t play well enough as a team.
“I think you have to be a unit in and out of possession, and when you only deliver in moments, those moments won’t go for you in certain games. You need patterns of play, you need a way of playing, and at this moment in time I still see a group of individuals playing in moments, with some patterns and combinations at times, but still a team where some are pretty new together – Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho – but they’ve got to come together as a team and start to define a style of play. Then you start to get results when you don’t play well.”
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