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Neville: “Man United players were obviously not trying for Mourinho”

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes the squad were clearly not trying for Jose Mourinho in light of their new-found form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

After finishing last season as runners-up to Manchester City in the Premier League, United were expected to be one of the main challengers this term.

However, hopes of a first league crown since 2013 quickly evaporated with United enduring a disastrous start which eventually saw Mourinho get the sack with the Red Devils 19 points behind leaders Liverpool in sixth in the Premier League.

But interim boss Solskjaer has overseen a record-breaking start at Old Trafford with seven successive wins in all competitions.

Although Neville doubts that United can be considered serious challengers for major honours given the attitude they’ve displayed.

“I think when he [Solskjaer] came in, the club couldn’t have been any lower in terms of expectation, there was a bad feeling around the club,” Neville told Virgin Radio

“He’s done an incredible job, he’s put himself in the frame and he keeps on winning. I think it’s the best start for any Manchester United manager in the history of the club. It’s unbelievable really.

“The Manchester United players at the end were obviously not trying for Mourinho as they just switched the tap on and off. The difference is incredible but I must admit I have my doubts about those group of players.

“It’s that they can just switch on and off like a tap, it doesn’t fill me with confidence that they can take Manchester United back to the title but what they are doing at least is performing to their capabilities.”

Solskjaer will hope to make it eight wins in a row at United ahead of Friday’s fourth round FA Cup clash with old rivals Arsenal on Friday at the Emirates Stadium.