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'There is trash in there' - Gary Neville puts a lengthy timescale on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Man United rebuild


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: John Sibley/Reuters

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: John Sibley/Reuters

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: John Sibley/Reuters

Gary Neville wants Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to 'weed out the weeds' in his dressing room, as he urged the club's hierarchy to give his former team-mate two seasons to make progress as Manchester United manager.

After an uncertain start to the season, Neville has told Norwegian television channel TV2 that the rebuild at United will take time as he suggested he would need at least two more transfer windows to remove players from the club who do not want to be there.

"He should get the transfer window in January, into the summer and next season," Neville stated.

"Give him three to four transfer windows to clean up the trash in the dressing room, because there is trash in there. You have to weed out the weeds, and that's not his fault.

"They have to sign players for five to ten years and build a foundation, as Manchester City did with Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho.

"Look at Liverpool. They have gone 30 years without winning the Premier League, so it's not that fantastic. Jurgen Klopp came in and it took four years before he won anything, but it started to get better after 12 months.

"That is what United have to aim for. This is a young team, and as a Manchester United supporter, I believe he should get this and next season."

Neville went on to suggest United's failings under a high profile managers David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho highlights the need for stability under Solskjaer.

"I want Ole to have the chance because Manchester United have tried everything now," he added.

"They have had a solid Premier League manager with eight years in Everton, a technical and tactical manager in Van Gaal and a serial winner in Mourinho.

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"Now, they are back to someone who knows the club's values and wants young players with potential and hunger.

"Ole is trying to get the club to where it belongs instead of bringing in players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Radamel Falcao, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcos Rojo."

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