April 19, 2021

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Neville compares Man United’s title chances under Solskjaer vs Mourinho

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Gary Neville believes Manchester United are more likely to win the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer than when they finished second during Jose Mourinho’s reign.

United ended the 2017/18 campaign as runners up to Manchester City, with Mourinho labelling that placement as “one of my best achievements”.

Under Solskjaer, United again are second in the standings, albeit 12 points adrift of their neighbours, having taken a point away at Chelsea on Sunday to extend their unbeaten run away from home 20 matches.

As a result of their reliance on the road, Neville believes the current group has more spirit than under Mourinho, making them more likely to win the league in the next few years.

“Over the last 12 months, Manchester United have put an incredible run of results together. The points tally has been big, year to year,” he told the Gary Neville Podcast.

“Their away form is outstanding and that that takes some resilience, to go 20 games unbeaten away from home. It takes some.

“I come back to my time at Manchester United if I came to Stamford Bridge, and we kept a clean sheet and we came away with a point. We quite often lost to Chelsea at Old Trafford, let alone at Stamford Bridge, we had a poor record against them. You always want to win every single game – but this is a tough place to play.

“So those Manchester United players going back on that bus tonight can say that they’ve taken part in those 20 matches away from home, they deserve great congratulations for that.

“There’ll be some criticism from United fans saying why didn’t they go and win it, why weren’t they more positive, and rightly so. United should always strive to do that.

“But 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. 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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Manchester United were denied a penalty in controversial fashion against Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players were furious that Callum Hudson-Odoi wasn’t penalised for a handball, as they had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. The point leaves United 12 points behind leaders Man City, with Crystal Palace the next opponents.

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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. 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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