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Gary Neville says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must "prove himself quickly" – but believes the Manchester United manager deserves another 12 to 18 months.
Sunday's draw with Southampton brought United back down to earth after they thrashed Leeds 5-1 in their Premier League opener.
Solskjaer is under increased pressure to deliver this term, after last season's Europa League final defeat stretched his trophyless time in charge to two and a half campaigns.
Since then the Red Devils have added Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to their ranks, while they have also spent big on Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Donny van de Beek under Solskjaer's reign.
The manager faced pressure after a poor start to last season before turning United's form around and leading them to a second-placed finish.
And Neville said his former team-mate should be "given a chance" to restore the club's glory days – although he knows the clock is ticking.
“I think with the manager, you can argue that he has to prove himself quickly," the Red Devils legend said on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football.
"I still believe that the Europa League final was a bad one, that’s going to hang a little bit if something doesn’t go right this season, but I think Ole deserves another 12, 18 months, with building.
"United have tried the quickfire hit-job with Jose Mourinho, it hasn’t worked.
"Louis van Gaal, going for a different style of play, it hasn’t worked and it’s failed miserably.
"They’re going for someone who is taking it back to their roots – he needs to be given a chance to do it."
Neville questioned why United hadn't moved for Harry Kane, with Tottenham trying to keep their star striker out of the clutches of Manchester City.
He said the club should offload the likes of Daniel James, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard, as well as Anthony Martial, who played up front against the Saints.
Mason Greenwood is expected to lead the line more frequently this season, although he is still only 19, and was shunted back out onto the right at the weekend.
And Neville said a world-class striker like Kane would be a game-change for United.
"I think United will need a centre-forward in the next 12 months," said Neville. "The guy is available now if you pay £150m.
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"They’ve got Martial, James and Mata and Lingard, we could do without them at the club.
"I think personally that Kane would be a differentiator. I’m just asking the question as to why they’re not in for them.”
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