Man Utd: Neville hums tune as Red Devils go top
Manchester United icon Roy Keane told Jamie Carragher last year that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would help guide the club back to the top of the Premier League, and now, that prediction has come true.
United beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on Tuesday night to leapfrog Liverpool into top spot in the table.
Paul Pogba’s volley was the difference between the two sides as United jumped ahead of their arch rivals.
The win couldn’t have come at a better time, with United set to face set to travel to Anfield on Sunday to face Liverpool.
United’s form recently has been terrific, having won nine of their 11 Premier League games since they last tasted defeat in the competition.
It wasn’t long ago, however, that Solskjaer was under considerable pressure at Old Trafford and in danger of being sacked.
They started the season with a dismal spell of form, and Solskjaer was tipped to lose his job with Mauricio Pochettino apparently being lined up.
But United opted to stick with him, and are now reaping the rewards of doing so with United sitting pretty at the top.
Just a year ago, however, Keane was involved with a verbal argument with Carragher live on Sky Sports over the direction of the club.
Keane, who has always supported Solskjaer, expressed that United should stick with his old team-mate and give him time to turn things around.
He said: “We question Ole. ‘He’s not up to it’. Question his CV. But for some reason other managers go to clubs and given the benefit of the doubt.
Carragher responded that his CV gives Solskjaer the benefit of the doubt, to which Keane explained that Frank Lampard at Chelsea was doing a similar job without the same criticism.
He continued: “16 months. Give the man a chance. I watched Chelsea last night. Chelsea, decent team, they couldn’t get the job done. Frank Lampard lost eight games.
“But for some reason ‘Frank’s doing alright’. Because he’s English, I don’t know.
“Frank’s track record, went to Derby, didn’t get promoted. But Frank’s the answer for Chelsea, he hasn’t. But give him time. Give the man time. Nothing to do with Ole and all this carry on. Give him time.
“And the three previous managers before Ole, are you telling me they didn’t know what the game was about, Jamie? They know what the game is about.”
Carragher went on to question whether Solskjaer should be kept on at United, to which Keane responded he needs to be given time.
Keane said: “I would certainly give him another year, one hundred per cent, another year.”
Carargher responded: “And you think that would get United back to the top?”
Keane confidently replied: “I hope so.”
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