Gary Neville aims ‘mercenaries’ jibe at Man Utd squad under Jose Mourinho

Manchester United legend Gary Neville insists there is a key change to the Red Devils under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho – the squad want to play for the former.

United have enjoyed change of fortunes in the second half of this season under Solskjaer, and are now pushing for a spot in the Champions League after another underwhelming start to the year.

Having lingered as low as mid-table at one stage, the 13-time Premier League champions are now within touching distance of the fifth place spot which should guarantee a place in the Champions League next season.

And Neville, who captained United to numerous trophies in his career-long spell with the club, has noticed a remarkable change in attitudes from the squad which appeared to be incredibly downbeat a little over a year ago.

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“Last season there was a point of the season under Jose Mourinho where I was watching the team and it felt like a bunch of mercenaries that didn't want to be here,” Neville said after an interview with Odion Ighalo about how much he was enjoying life at Old Trafford.

“They felt that they were bigger than the club and that the club wasn't going to give them what they needed in terms of trophies, needed in terms of ambition.

“What I have found this season is that it has been far from perfect but the players out on the pitch do want to be here.

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“That was a good interview to listen to from someone who wants to come to Manchester United.

“It gives a little bit of insight into the erratic nature of the recruitment process, in terms of the last couple of days, he's not hearing back until the last minute.

“That is the sort of things you don't expect from a club who has needed a centre forward for nine, ten months.

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“It was refreshing to hear from him and how desperate he is going to be. United just needed legs in because of what happened to Marcus Rashford.

“It was a brilliant interview to listen to. He has had an impact not just here but also in his home country and it is nice to hear a story of a dream coming true.

“There is a positive thing about him coming, but it does tell you a lot about the club's recruitment.”

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