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Gary Neville thinks Solskjaer needs a trophy to stop criticisms

Fri 08 January 2021 | 0:32

Manchester United icon Gary Neville accepts the Norwegian coach, who has gone through more than two years at the Old Trafford steerage, needs to begin conveying substantial achievement

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

will end up under tension at

Manchester United

, except he gets his hands on a trophy this season, says Gary Neville after the Red Devils' elimination from the

Carabao Cup

by the hands of their city rivals Manchester City.

After missing out on three opportunities to win a cup last season, questions are being asked whether the Man Utd's players are mentally prepared to land on significant success. 

Having gathered numerous awards as a player, the previous United striker knows what is at stake in Manchester. 

Neville thinks a manager who has just confronted many critiques through his coaching course needs to begin reaching the milestones, as adversaries Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have done, to stay in his present post long haul. 

"I said before that I felt there was more expectation on this game for me as a Man United fan than there will be a week on Sunday against Liverpool at Anfield." Neville said after the 2-0 defeat to Cityzens.

"No one this season expected Man United to challenge for the league title, but I think there was a feeling: win a trophy.

"Ole, at the end of this season, will have been there two-and-a-half years, and to go two-and-a-half years without a trophy, it will start to bring a pressure, because it helps you on your way.

"Jurgen Klopp needed a trophy and eventually got the Champions League. Pep Guardiola won the League Cup, Jose Mourinho at various clubs has won the League Cup just to get them going. He needed something and they were so close to a final with this game and in good form.

"It does pose a problem. I wouldn't say, sat here as a Man United fan, it causes me a great problem, that in any way shape or form I'm looking at the manager's job at any point, but it will bring pressure down the line. Because if they go to Anfield and lose, people will then say 'glass half empty' again. It can turn like that.

"The reason Ole will not be resting on his laurels is because when you're in a job which presents the problem he had four, five, six weeks ago when he had people questioning whether he'd make it through to the end of the season.

"When it gets good, like it has in the last couple of days when they're joint-top of the league and have a game in hand now on Liverpool, and they're in a semi-final, people think everything is fantastic, you don't get carried away the other way, either."

Before the challenging face-off against Liverpool, United have a

FA Cup

third-round fixture with Watford and a midweek excursion to another northwest neighbor, Burnley.

source: SportMob