“Conte was never an option” – Neville backs Solskjaer to remain as Man Utd boss

Manchester United legend Gary Neville is backing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to remain in charge of Manchester United until the end of the season despite Manchester United’s poor run of form.

“The club aren’t going to do anything here. Getting Antonio Conte was never, ever going to happen. The hierarchy were never going to appoint him, as great a manager as he is,” Neville said on the Gary Neville podcast.

“The plan all season has been to stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the season, and that’s where I’m at, even after Saturday.

“But it’s tough going. Being that far behind the top with 11 games gone, that can’t happen. He’s progressed from sixth to third to second, and should have won the Europa League final against Villarreal. I hark back to that because when you lose finals, it has a real impact on players.

“If you win it, the medal around your neck, you get used to winning. Going out of the Carabao Cup to West Ham – it’s a big problem. That can’t happen, it’s a trophy you can win.

“The league has almost gone, the Champions League is a long shot because of the quality of teams. The FA Cup and Carabao Cup cannot be dismissed, and going out to West Ham was a really bad situation for the club to be in.

“I think the fans left this stadium on Saturday tired and drained from what they’ve seen. Thinking: ‘Where are we on our journey as a club?'”