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final straw? Gary Neville on what needs to happen next at Man United as he admits they have hit a new low

Neville has been a vocal supporter of Solskjaer during his time as United manager, but he admits the excuses will soon run out.

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Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva puts his team two goals up against Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA).

Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva puts his team two goals up against Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA).

Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva puts his team two goals up against Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA).

Gary Neville admitted Manchester United hit a new low as they were outclassed by Manchester City in the derby game at Old Trafford, but he insisted the moment had not come for the club to sack manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The final scoreline may have only been 2-0 to City, but this was a battering as comprehensive as their 5-0 beating at the hands of Liverpool last month, with pressure certain to mount around Solskjaer's position once again.

Neville has been a vocal supporter of Solskjaer during his time as United manager, but he admits the excuses will soon run out for his former team-mate as his team continue to flounder.

"Ole is under massive, massive pressure but the first thing that has to happen is that he needs a team with courage," said Neville.

"They looked frightened to death in possession. They looked frightened to death out of possession almost as if they were crumpled up in a little ball in a corner waiting to be beat. And that is not good enough.

"You can get into your shape but then you can be aggressive from your shape. They weren't aggressive, they were passive.

"A Manchester United player has to show guts and courage on the pitch. You can get beat, I played for a long time at this club and you can lose football matches. But they are flaky when it comes to big games.

"You're playing against an ice cold, unemotional, brutal football team in Manchester City. And they got destroyed today, Manchester United. Make no mistake about it, that was a mauling."

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer REUTERS/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer REUTERS/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer REUTERS/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been linked with a move to replace Solskjaer at Old Trafford, but Neville does not believe the club will change manager in the upcoming international window.

"I don't think there is any chance there will a decision during this season unless it gets so bad and it is getting to the point where it is so bad," he added.

"They are 11 points off the top of the league if Chelsea win today and this United squad should not be 11 points off the top. Nobody has expected this. Nobody would have expected United would sink so low at this point in the season. I think he has a few weeks to sort it out.

"Up to the end of last season, the feeling here was that there was progression because they finished second in the league. Everyone then thought that they got their recruitment right in the summer.

"So the club has not planned for this. I know there are some United fans who think the club should have acted two weeks ago because Antonio Conte was available but this club was never going to appoint Conte and they are not prepared for this moment because they have the plan behind Ole."

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