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Man United lost yet another semi-final under Solskjaer’s regime, this time going down 2-0 to Manchester City in the EFL Cup.

The Old Trafford outfit has improved quite a lot under their Norwegian manager but they still don’t have any silverware to show for it. And according to pundit Gary Neville, his former teammate needs to win a trophy asap, if he wishes to get the bloodhounds off of his back.

The pundit told on Sky Sports, as reported by Goal: “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.

“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.

 

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“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.”

There’s no doubt Man United are playing some attractive football under Ole Solskjaer this season, something they failed to do under Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. But the fact of the matter is that both the former managers succeeded in winning trophies during their time at the club.

In the end, Ole will be judged by the number of trophies he’s won at Man United and with the Premier League challenge still wide open, winning the FA Cup will be his next big bet.

Man United go back into the FA Cup this weekend where they take on Watford in the 3rd Round and there’s every the manager names his strongest players vs the Hornets just to steady the ship before they take on Liverpool in the Premier League.

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