Gary Neville bites back at claim he’s been a "pain in the a***" over Solskjaer

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has hit back at an accusation he had been a "pain in the arse" over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The curtain was brought down on Solskjaer's near three-year spell as Red Devils boss on Sunday as the Norwegian was sacked.

United's 4-1 defeat away at newly-promoted Watford 24 hours earlier was the final nail in the coffin after a series of dismal results.

Neville has received intense criticism in recent weeks for refusing to join in the calls for his old team-mate Solskjaer to be sacked.

He took to social media in response to the news of the manager's sacking to send a message of support – and then replied to someone giving him stick.

Sharing a series of pictures of himself with Solskjaer, Neville tweeted: "Thank you Ole. You did us proud . The last two months were tough but before that you restored some soul into the club."

To which journalist Danny Armstrong replied: "You've been nothing but a pain in the a*** through the entirety of this. Talking a lot but saying little and doing sod all other than to tell us Solskjaer is your mate."

Neville laughed off the comment and hit back with: "Look at jonny big balls" – and completed the tweet with a crying laughing emoji.

Armstrong, though, wasn't finished there. Firing back once more, he said: "It's 'Danny big balls' Gary if you're going to have a go. And you have been a pain in the backside."

The search is now on for Solskjaer's successor, with Zinedine Zidane the bookies' favourite to take on the vacancy at Old Trafford.

United confirmed in a statement that they are looking to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season, possibly casting doubt on Zidane's chances of getting the role.

Who should United appoint as Solskjaer's successor? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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First-team coach Michael Carrick will take charge of the beleaguered side for their forthcoming games until an interim boss is found.

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