Gary Neville ADMITS he will refuse to call out his ‘mate’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or tip him for the sack after Jamie Carragher accused him and Roy Keane of ‘making excuses’ for a fellow Man United legend

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  • Manchester United’s poor form puts pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Boss Solskjaer would have expected fixtures to inspire a change before a difficult race
  • But despite his struggles, Gary Neville refuses to call his former partner
  • Pundit Neville insists Sky Sports will never ask him to be fired
  • Neville has been called out by Jamie Carragher for ‘making excuses’ for Solskjaer

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Gary Neville has admitted he will refuse to call on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, or demand that he face dismissal this season despite Manchester United’s stammer.

Pressure is building on Solskjaer with United, who are already faltering in their expected Premier League title challenge, and in the wake of their 4-2 loss at Leicester over the weekend.

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But when questioned by Solskjaer, Neville stuck to his stance not to tease his former team-mate on live television, and instead still believes United will be patient until at least the end of the campaign.

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Gary Neville insists he will refuse calls to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

to speak on sky game Yesterday, Neville said: ‘He (Solskjaer) must be under enormous pressure with the team that has been assembled and the fact that he has been doing the job for two and a half, three years now. 100 percent.

‘But the club is not going to change that. The club will be with him till the end of the season. Manchester United fans on my social media keep saying, “Gary, he’s your partner. You won’t call him out.”

‘No, I will not. I would not call out Steve Keane or Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. I am not going to come on this show after 11 years and demand the sacking of a manager. It’s never going to happen. He is a club legend. He is my teammate. I really like him a lot.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said he would not call his former Manchester United teammate

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said he would not call his former Manchester United teammate

Neville continues to stand with boss Solskjaer despite United's stammer this season

Neville continues to stand with boss Solskjaer despite United’s stammer this season

‘Manchester United have failed with two previous managers who have been world class. I think they will stay till the end of the season.

‘Even if he wins the Europa League and the FA Cup, and they finish in the top four, I would say it is building a successful team.

‘You are up against the three best teams in the world at Chelsea, City and Liverpool with the three best managers. Changing the manager of Manchester United now proves nothing to me as to what could have happened.

‘I still think they can fight against those three teams. But the pressure is mounting, 100 per cent. This should be done. They have to start performing now, and they have to bring them to perform.’

United suffered a 4-2 loss to Leicester over the weekend, dealing another blow to their title hopes

United suffered a 4-2 loss to Leicester over the weekend, dealing another blow to their title hopes

This morning, Neville reiterated his argument – saying that being a pundit is “irrelevant” because he prefers to be “somebody’s friend.”

Responding to a reporter who has criticized Solskjaer’s former teammates for not calling out the Norwegian, Neville said: ‘I am really pleased to admit that I am not ready to sack a manager or Ole. I will not say

‘I am irrelevant to being a pundit compared to my status as a human being and one’s friend. At least I agree.’

It is not the first time that Neville has been accused of standing by a fellow United legend, despite the side being well below expectations.

Solskjaer will be expected to win the trophy this time around after making a splash during a scintillating summer

Solskjaer will be expected to win the trophy this time around after making a splash during a scintillating summer

His Sky Sports pedantry colleague Jamie Carragher took a playful swipe at both Neville and Roy Keane for making ‘excuses’ for Solskjaer and his old club. Both men continue to throw their weight behind the manager.

When asked what has angered him lately, former Liverpool defender Carragher was quick to call the two out.

‘It must have something to do with football … and it must have something to do with Neville,’ said Carragher. Tony Bellew is the Angry Podcast.

‘I did a newspaper column on that – I was with Gary Neville a few days ago and we had this YouTube chat with Roy Keane about the season.

Jamie Carragher has previously taken a playful jibe at Neville for making excuses for Solskjaer

Jamie Carragher has previously taken a playful jibe at Neville for making excuses for Solskjaer

Roy Keane was also targeted by Carragher, with Icon throwing his weight behind Solskjaer.

Roy Keane was also targeted by Carragher, with Icon throwing his weight behind Solskjaer.

‘They both just make excuses for Ole because they have played with him and he is their partner.

‘ They were saying, “They can’t win the league, they still have it, they still lack it, the Glazers aren’t putting in enough money, they should go for Harry Kane.”

‘I’m sitting there thinking, ‘You just signed a player who won the Champions League four times, you just spent 75 million on a winger.

“You finished second last season, you haven’t lost a game away from home all season long”, and I’m like… “There’s only one move to go!”.

‘Honestly, it hurt me a lot. I went, “That’s it. I’m doing my newspaper column on that”.

‘Ole wasn’t too happy with the column, but I just said it’s time to stop making excuses at Manchester United, I’m sick of it.

‘It’s always, “they still have it, they lack it” – £50m each player! You look at the whole team, it’s unbelievable!’

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