Not now, Gary: Solskjaer rejects Gary Neville’s criticism of Man U recruitment


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Red Devils boss says he's confident that the players he brought in will deliver the goods

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield stadium on January 19, 2020. (Photo AFP)

Manchester: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has contradicted former team-mate Gary Neville, insisting his team are on the "right track".

Now an outspoken TV pundit, Gary Neville had said in a podcast after United's 2-0 defeat by league leaders Liverpool on Sunday, that the club was in a mess.

The former United captain pinned much of the blame for the team's current problems on the recruitment undertaken by chief executive Ed Woodward.

But with United still fifth in the league and competing in three cup competitions, Solskjaer believes it is not the right time to start a blame game.

"We've just lost to Liverpool, who you all say are fantastic and we have been in the game until the last kick of the ball," he said at a press conference.

"For me, that is strides forward. For me, now is not the time to talk about recruitment. We are always looking to improve the squad, but now is not the time to start that discussion, Gary."

Fighting for fourth place -- the final Champions League spot -- is not what is expected of a club of United's stature, but the manager remains confident they are doing things to rectify that.

"From my experience in the 12, 13 months I've been here, the players that I've brought in have been good, so I have no complaints whatsoever," Solskjaer said.

With his strike Marcus Rashford injured, Solskjaer, however, must decide whether to make a late move in the transfer window for a striker.

If he cannot bring anyone in, the Norwegian will look to 18-year-old Mason Greenwood and veteran midfielder Juan Mata -- who scored the goal that knocked Wolves out of the FA Cup -- to try and plug the gap.

"Mason will get more chances now and Juan will have to step up again," he said.

"We know we're stretched with the injuries we've had but we'll cope with that."