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Man Utd great Neville explains why Conte shouldn't replace Solskjaer

Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes the club should keep Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager, and not replace him with Antonio Conte.

The Red Devils are under increased scrutiny following a poor 5-0 loss to Liverpool at home in the Premier League on Sunday.

Many supporters are calling for Solskjaer to lose his job, given United's indifferent form in all competitions this season.

However, Neville laid out the case against sacking Solskjaer for someone like Conte, who won the Premier League with Chelsea a few years ago.

"I think the club will hold their nerve, I don't think they've planned for a new manager this season," Neville told Sky Sports.

"I think they'll get to the end of the season and stick with Ole until the end of the season.

"I know there will be a massive outcry from fans, from the media, from everybody, that Ole Gunar Solskjaer should be sacked, and I can understand that after that game, it's nowhere near good enough. It was a monstrously bad day and it takes some recovery.

"I think this club is a lot more stable in terms of the ownership.

"I've seen Jose Mourinho come into this club and Louis van Gaal and been wholly disappointed.

"The reason the board will stay stable and go at least until the end of the season [with Solskjaer] is because of what happened with Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal.

"They won't bring a hitman in again. A hitman who comes in and does a job for two years.

"They're not going to do that at the club again. They're going to stick with Ole until the end of the season, Ole's got to win a trophy this season, I think they'll stick with him until the end of the season but this is painful.

"In other part of Manchester United's recent history, he'd have been in trouble but because of what's happened with Van Gaal and Mourinho, and the change that's happened, they're not going to do that now.

"My point is Jose Mourinho was the best manager in the world when he came to Manchester United and he didn't do it here.

"Conte's available but I wouldn't bring him to Manchester United. I wouldn't bring him here now, I wouldn't.

"I don't think Antonio Conte is a fit for Manchester United. I don't think he's a fit.

"I might be wrong, they might bring him here tomorrow and I'd get behind him.

"We've seen a coach with a specific style like Louis Van Gaal didn't work here. I'm not saying there isn't a manager who can come to Manchester United and do well.

"And one day if Ole isn't here, I hope it happens. But today, I personally think it would be wrong to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"I sacked a manager last season after six games. It was the wrong thing to do and I should have let it breathe. I should have waited until the end of the season and I think that's what Manchester United will do."


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