Manchester United legend Gary Neville has revealed that new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is using Liverpool and Manchester City approach in his play style.

Solskjaer was appointed as interim manager at Old Trafford following Jose Mourinho dismissal last month.

But former United captain turned pundit Neville has insisted that three players could be out of the system due to Solskjaer’s pace.

The caretaker manager prefers Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba as his attacking force.

And Neville believes that Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini are not fitting in because they do slow down United attacks.

“Looking at what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done, he’s left out Lukaku, he’s left out Mata most of the time, it’s not a reflection on those two players but they do slow down attacks,” Neville said on Sky Sports during the match.

“They can’t move from one box to another quickly, all these players can run, along with the quality they have. Fellaini as well.”

“They are two players who can potentially add things from the bench but they can’t play at this pace, they can’t make the movements of Martial, Lingard, Rashford, Pogba, they are not capable of doing it, they haven’t got the physical attributes to do it.”

“It [pace] is the basis of every team, you look at Manchester City with Sterling and Sane or Liverpool with Salah and Firmino, every team has to have those players and with the likes of Mata, Lukaku and Fellaini in the team, it was too slow.”


United beat Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday evening to make it six wins in a row since the Norwegian took over from Mourinho.

The Red Devils are back in the Premier League action on Saturday 19 when they take on Brighton at Old Trafford.

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