Man Utd have better title chance under Solskjaer than Mourinho’s ‘strange lads’

Gary Neville reckons Manchester United have a better chance of winning the title under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer than they ever did under Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils remained second in the Premier League following their 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Sunday – although they trail leaders Manchester City by 12 points.

Nevertheless, Neville believes they are much more likely title contenders than the “strange bunch of lads” assembled at Old Trafford by Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho’s best league finish as United boss saw his side place second to City in the 2017/18 season – but Pep Guardiola’s side ended the campaign a whopping 19 points clear.

The Portuguese also led United to a Europa League triumph and the EFL Cup – but Neville says his team never had the unity and spirit that Solskjaer’s side currently possess.

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“Over the last 12 months, Manchester United have put an incredible run of results together. The points tally has been big, year to year,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“To actually go 20 games away from home needs applauding because it’s hard to do that. What do you use to demonstrate teams that have got good character and personality?

“They’re good away from home, they’re good on set pieces, they look like they want to play with each other.

“That’s why I think this Manchester United team is better suited than the one from two or three years ago under Jose Mourinho that finished second. I actually feel there’s a better spirit.

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“I think they’ve got a far better chance of winning the league in the next two or three years than they were under Jose a couple of years ago.

“I thought it was a strange bunch of lads, they just didn’t seem to like each other. They didn’t really appeal to me as a fan.”

Mourinho signed the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez at United.

Solskjaer has moved most of Mourinho’s signings on, preferring to build for the future with young players such as Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and recent signing Amad Diallo.

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