Man Utd legend Gary Neville makes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prediction after Man City defeat

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘won’t be resting on his laurels’ after his side’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday. The Red Devils exited the Carabao Cup at the semi-final stage for the second year on the trot. But they’re flying high in the Premier League at present.

United were outplayed by City at Old Trafford, with goals from John Stones and Fernandinho sending the visitors through.

And, for Solskjaer, it means a fourth straight semi-final defeat.

United went into the game with previous losses to City, Chelsea and Sevilla in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League hanging over them.

But they couldn’t right the wrongs of last term, instead producing an insipid display on the night.

Neville has now had his say on the defeat and believes Solskjaer ‘won’t be resting on his laurels’ despite his side flying high in the Premier League.

The Sky Sports pundit said: “I said before tonight 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.

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“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.


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“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.”

Neville has called on United to ‘knuckle down’, too, saying: “It’s a time for Man Utd to knuckle down.

“Not be too hard on themselves because I think they’ve played against a brilliant team.

“City turned up again. Ole will have been hoping Sunday was a one-off, it wasn’t. They were at it again. He’ll know how good a team City are.

“I don’t think he’ll be too resigned to that, he’ll be massively disappointed, he’ll have wanted to take them that extra step, but I didn’t think Man United played badly. I thought they belonged in the game.

“And it could have gone the other way; Anthony Martial at the back post with the header, Harry Maguire with the header, little bits of luck that just go one way or the other.

“Ruben Dias clears a couple that maybe at the other end didn’t get cleared – Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s header to Fernandinho that ends up in the back of the net.

“They’re just details that decide games and the details went Man City’s way. You can’t argue with that because of the way they played.

“Solskjaer will I’m sure look at this game and think of it being not terminal in any way shape or form.

“It will be a massive disappointment, but he’ll want quick recovery: FA Cup, Burnley, Anfield. He’ll want big performances in the next couple of weeks.”

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