Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responds to Gary Neville and Roy Keane criticism of Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has no issue with former teammates criticising Manchester United as pundits.
Both Roy Keane and Gary Neville have been vocal in both their praise and criticism of United at different points this season, with the Reds making steps forward under Solskjaer but still suffering some disappointing results.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Solskjaer was asked whether, as a player, he listened to Keane or Neville more.
The United boss joked that Neville tended to speak too much as a player, but said that both of them are speaking from experience in their punditry roles.
“We listened more to Roy than to Gary, that’s for sure,” he laughed. “Gary was probably talking too much and he still does, that’s just Gary and we’ve got used to it, but he’s got good opinions. Both of them were very vocal. If there’s one you wouldn’t go against, it’s Roy Keane.”
He continued: “They know the demands of Manchester United, the standards we set, so when they get angry with us, that’s fine, it’s their jobs. They’ve both been managers so they know the standards here and the demands of a manager. They know what we’re going through every single day. How successful they’ve been, they know themselves.”
Solskjaer also addressed which former United teammate he would sign as a manager, and said it had to be Keane due to the Irishman’s leadership skills.
He said: “They were all unbelievable individuals in a fantastic team. There’s some absolutely top players there that you’d have, skills and attributes from every single player you’d want. Becks’ crosses you’d want, Giggs’ dribbles you’d want, Jaap’s dominance you’d want, Ronny Johnsen’s pace you’d want, you’d want Scholes’ everything. You’d want every one of them, to be fair, but I’ve always said, if I’d choose one player, Roy Keane. Everything he did. He was a leader, the way he played, he pushed everyone.”