Gary Neville explains his "fear" for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid Man Utd struggles

Gary Neville admits he is concerned that Manchester United's start to the season has been "worse than it looks" because they are yet to play against a direct rival.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under more pressure than ever before at Old Trafford this term after adding Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho to his squad over the summer.

There are no more excuses for Solskjaer as Red Devils boss, with fans now expecting to mount a Premier League title challenge in the near future.

On paper United's start to the campaign has been satisfactory; winning four of their first seven games and losing once, leaving them only two points adrift of leaders Chelsea in fourth place.

However, Neville says he "fears" for Solskjaer because United are yet to compete against one of the Premier League's "top teams" – and fixtures against Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea come in their next six games.

"My fear for Ole is that the start to the season is worse than it looks," the Red Devis legend said on Sky Sports' The Overlap Live Fan Debate.

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"Because at the moment you look at the league and you think, they're two points off the top. But they haven't played a single [big] team.

"I've not watched United yet this season live because I've been doing all the other games, [but] Liverpool have played top teams, Chelsea have played top teams, [Manchester] City have played top teams – they've all played each other in the first seven games.

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"United haven't kicked a ball against what you would call a 'top team' yet. Everton are doing well, but against the top six United haven't played one of them.

"They've now got four games against the top-six teams in the next month or so and, they do sometimes deliver in these games, but my fear is that the start to the season looks [better] than it actually is on paper."

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When asked by Jamie Carragher if Solskjaer should get more time, Neville said: "He definitely gets this season, but he does [need to win a trophy].

"If Ole had been the manager in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson slipstream he'd be gone by now, but because of those bad experiences that United have had through getting rid of managers after a year, two years, eight months, they're gonna live with him I think and believe in the project for a longer period."

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