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Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, the former Manchester United right-back has revealed the club face a difficult few seasons over the coming years, but are on the “right track”.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side find themselves in eighth in the Premier League table, after amassing just five points in their opening four games.
Now, Neville has insisted the Red Devils face a tough transition period as Solskjaer looks to bring in more of his own players.
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He said: “There is an element of frustration at the moment from the Manchester United fans because of where the club has been. I think they are on the right track in terms of what they are doing, because you have to have the right group of people in that changing room.
“I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, what he is doing, is trying to play the long game. To play the long game, he will need support from up above and he is going to need strong leadership over the next two or three seasons to be able to have those four or five transfer windows he needs. Not just to get players all facing in the same direction, but to get the quality – you need that quality.”
Make no mistake about it, United are firmly in rebuild mode. The club’s work in the summer transfer window has arguably been their most important since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, as they look to bring in a new identity and cull some of the players who have under-performed.
There is certainly no quick remedy to fix the mess United find themselves in, and it will require patience from the club’s hierarchy and fans to ensure the reconstruction is completed properly. In this world of instant success, it may not be the popular answer, but it does feel like the right one.