Phil Neville believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been subjected to a lot of unfair criticism, despite their loss against RB Leipzig on Tuesday and not being able to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
missed their chance to qualify for the knockout stages of theChampions League
by losing 3-2 toRB Leipzig
Although they only needed one point to get into the knockout stages, they found themselves two goals down after only 13 minutes into the game.
Angelino scored the opener in the 2nd minute and 11 minutes later, Amadou Haidara scored the second goal and increased his side’s lead. Finally, 24 minutes into the second half Justin Kluivert scored the third goal for his side.
Bruno Fernandes and Ibrahima Konate were able to reduce the deficit by scoring one goal each, but ultimately RB Leipzig won the game and booked their place for the knockout stages for the second successive year.
Although there have been calls for
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
's head after their loss,
believes he has been subjected to a lot of unfair criticism.
"There's an awful narrative where the minute United lose a game it seems like a disaster,” Neville said.
"It's not a disaster tonight, but it's disappointing. United wanted to be in the last 16.
"There are Manchester United teams in the past with better managers than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - like Sir Alex Ferguson - which have gone out at this stage. It does happen, it has happened.
"It's quite a freakish time at the moment. There are managers in the Premier League who are below United in the league but have great reputations and don't get the stick Solskjaer gets.
"If United win on Saturday - and Ole's teams tend to do well in big moments, I think Saturday is a big moment for the manager and for the players.
"They played poorly in the first 30 minutes, they got punished in a group which was really, really difficult and they're out of the competition. They're now in the Europa League, they've got to go out and win that.
"The narrative from inside the club is far, far different to that outside the club, where it seems there's a total witch-hunt to get this boy out of the job."