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Solksjaer has brought back United philosophy, says Neville

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Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville says he’s excited at the prospect of watching United play football again after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought back the club’s philosophy.

Gary Neville drew a contrast between the previous managers at United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and warned against allowing coaches with different football philosophies to ever manage the club.

Since taking charge as interim manager, Solskjaer has changed their style of play and they’ve gone on a six-match winning run, with the latest a 1-0 victory at Spurs on Sunday.

“No one should ever be allowed to enter Manchester United’s training ground or Old Trafford ever again to shape their own philosophy. That is done,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“Manchester United’s philosophy is so deep and so meaningful, it’s like Barcelona’s and it’s like Ajax’s. At Manchester United you play fast, attacking football in an entertaining way. You bring young players through and give them belief. And you win.

“To be honest with you, the third one sometimes goes in cycles. The winning actually comes as a result of doing the first two right. The third one doesn’t always happen. Sometimes you can go years without winning trophies. You can go years without winning things and picking up titles.

“I supported David Moyes, I supported Louis van Gaal and I supported Jose Mourinho. I thought they would win at the football club and I said it at the time. I’m not sitting here backtracking, thinking Manchester United made a bad decision by appointing Jose Mourinho.

“I thought this was perfect for the club because he cuts across everything and he does win. He did win to be fair to him. In the first season, he won two trophies, but the league was what he was brought in to win.

“I thought Louis van Gaal would win as well. The money that has been spent is incredible, but what I have found difficult over the last seven years is the breach of philosophy. Yes, I think young players have still played, but it seems that they’ve allowed managers to pull the club from pillar to post.

“No one should ever be allowed to enter Manchester United Football Club ever again and adopt a different philosophy to the one the club has.

“What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done in a month, irrespective of the how the club do this season has shown Manchester United that.”