Ex-Manchester United star Phil Neville has said that his former side are ‘miles’ behind arch-rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
He has also warned former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of the task in hand as the Norwegian prepares for a major summer transfer window.
According to him, it could take a ‘long-time’ for United to close the gap on the Premier League trailblazers.
“Over the last five years, you’ve seen a team that’s gone away from the vision and philosophy of what the club is all about.” Neville told The Offside Rule Exclusives.
“When you look at City, Liverpool and Tottenham , their club’s foundations are really strong – and you’d say United’s are from a financial point of view. But stability on the field?
“If you look at those teams [City, Liverpool, Spurs], they have a system and a style of play and a tried and trusted method, whereas United seem to be going left and right from manager to manager.
“They need to get back to what United do best, which is playing a certain brand of football which hasn’t just been synonymous with Sir Alex Ferguson, it’s from the year dot, Sir Matt [Busby], Ron Atkinson…
“You hope with Ole, Mick Phelan, Michael Carrick and Nicky Butt [in the Academy] that United will start getting back to the foundations.
“I think it will take a long time – it’s not a quick fix – but hopefully with those guys in charge and the financial muscle United have still got, they can get back challenging soon because it’s difficult watching Man City win everything.
“It’s difficult because you think they’re miles better than United at this moment in time.”
This should come as a major warning to Solskjaer who looks to oversee a major overhaul of the United squad in the summer to turn their fortunes around.
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