Gary Neville fires rare criticism at Solskajer for "silly" tactics

Gary Neville is still refusing to call for Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked, despite criticising a "silly" mistake made by his former team-mate.

Solskjaer, 48, is the bookmakers' favourite to be the next Premier League manager axed, following a dismal run of form before the international break.

Sky Sports pundit Neville has remained loyal to his former Old Trafford colleague, despite United's chastening defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool in recent weeks.

Neville's loyalty to United, and pal Solskjaer, has led to widespread criticism and claims he is too close to the Norwegian to make a fair and unbiased assessment.

It's a view that the 46-year-old former England right-back has always refuted, and one that he doubled down on in a recent interview with the Daily Mail.

Despite once again failing to call for Solskjaer to be sacked, Neville did offer an insight into what he believes has been one of United's biggest problems this season.

"It's not easy commentating on a former team-mate," Neville said.

"I think Ole not sorting out the compactness of the team earlier was silly. It was a glaring tactical omission.

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"I am happy to say that. Not good enough. But I just won't say the other thing. Not about Ole or any manager. I never have."

Neville also opened up on his background as a pundit, and how Arsene Wenger's final days at Arsenal shaped how he sees himself as a an analyst.

"When Arsene Wenger was dying at the end I was critical of Arsenal fans marching against him. There were complaints when I called one of them a muppet," he added.

"As pundits we have to decide whether we are comfortable asking for a fellow human being to be sacked. I feel I am a respectable human being."

This week United take on Watford, Villarreal and Chelsea, before a trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal at the start of December.

Solskjaer's future could depend on the results of those four matches.

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