Manchester United legend Gary Neville has backed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to oversee the club’s clear-out this summer.
Neville has been vocal in recent months expressing his concerns over the issues at Old Trafford.
The Sky Sports pundit believes key players at United are not leading by example, and that Solskjaer must be ruthless if things are to improve.
“In any business, in any football team if the guardians in the dressing room, the ones who have the influence, are not setting the example, then you have a big problem and have to clear them out,” Neville said as quoted by the Mirror.
“I love Ole to bits. Whoever he feels is not aligned to the principles of Manchester United, he has to get rid of them,” he added.
Neville refers to the excellent job Maurico Pochettino has done at Spurs as a template for Solskjaer’s plan.
“I remember when Mauricio Pochettino went to Tottenham , I went to see him and he had this board split in two – the ones he wanted to work with and the ones he didn’t.
“Look at Tottenham now. He did a brilliant job, along with whoever helped him on the recruitment side in the first two or three years.
“But he had to make some tough decisions and the club had to lose money to get it right and that’s what United will have to do”.
Neville is right that Solskjaer has some important decisions to make this summer. Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have both been heard expressing a desire to leave the club this summer, and United’s manager must now decide whether to sign off on their departures.
United have only signed Daniel James so far this summer, and it is going to be a long rebuilding process over several windows to compete again at the top.
The Reds must sign leaders or as Neville describes them, ‘guardians’ with the right mentality to take the club back in the right direction.