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Man Utd have ‘far better’ chance of winning Prem under Solskjaer than Mourinho, claims club legend Gary Neville


GARY NEVILE claimed Manchester United have a ‘far better’ chance of winning the title under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer than they did with Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer’s United sit second in the Premier League table after drawing 0-0 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the weekend.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Jose MourinhoCredit: Rex Features

Manchester rivals City extended their gap at the top to 12 points, but Old Trafford legend Neville sees improvement from their last manager.

Mourinho, who joined United in 2016, guided to club to a runners up finish in the 17-18 season, but was sacked six months later.

And his replacement Solskjaer has brought the squad together and closer to the title, according to former captain Neville.

He 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? 

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

“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.

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“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.

“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.”

United finished third last season, with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea behind in fourth, only on goal difference.

But Lampard, the Blues all-time top scorer, was sacked in January after a dismal run of results and replaced by Thomas Tuchel.

Chelsea are unbeaten under Tuchel, but Neville still backs United as the team with more chance of winning the league between the two.

Gary Neville pictured with Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer

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Gary Neville pictured with Manchester United manager Ole Gunner SolskjaerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Thomas Tuchel after Chelsea's draw with Manchester United

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Thomas Tuchel after Chelsea’s draw with Manchester UnitedCredit: AP:Associated Press

He 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. I think United are nearer. I think Chelsea got some work to do on the defence. 

“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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