May 14, 2021

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Gary Neville responds to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United theory

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Gary Neville gave a knowing response to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s explanation for Manchester United’s mixed form at Old Trafford this season.

All four of United’s defeats in the Premier League have come at Old Trafford this season, with the Reds winning just eight of their 15 home matches in the league.

Ahead of Granada’s visit in the Europa League on Thursday, Solskjaer said that the red canvas covering seats around Old Trafford was affecting his players’ split-second decision making.

The canvas has now been replaced by black and white anti-racism banners, with Solskjaer pleased to have moved away from all red.


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Reacting to the news on Twitter, Neville compared the situation to Sir Alex Ferguson infamously ordered his side to change out of their grey kits when 3-0 down to Southampton in 1996.

Ferguson argued that the colour of the kits was making it difficult for his players to spot each other, and Neville could not help but draw a comparison with Solskjaer’s comments.

“This is Ole’s Grey Shirt moment,” he tweeted, adding a laughing face emoji.

In his explanation of United’s mixed form at Old Trafford, Solskjaer said results and performances had prompted a change in banner colour.

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He said: “You’ll see a change now. If you see the banners round the club, it’s not red anymore. We’ve looked into this.

“There shouldn’t be any reason, really, but some of the players have mentioned that split-second decision that you have to make, look over your shoulder if your team-mate’s there or not and the red shirt is on a red background just with the red seats.

“So we’ve of course tried to change that along with an anti-racism campaign, so of course that was important that it wasn’t red anymore.”

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