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trophy needed Gary Neville lays down the gauntlet to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he sets an ambitious target

Silverware has to return to Old Trafford this season


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Gary Neville believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to win a trophy at Manchester United this season to confirm he is making progress at the club.

United legend Neville has been a vocal supporter for his former team-mate during his reign as United manager, but he has suggested a top four finish in the Premier League will not be enough for Solskjaer this season.

United have been beaten in four semi-finals under Solskjaer and haven't won a trophy since 2017 under Jose Mourinho, with Neville suggesting that needs to change this season.

"The FA Cup has become critical to this football club this season," he told the Gary Neville podcast on Sky.

"The League Cup and FA Cup has been the starting point for Manchester United teams over the last 15 to 20 years.

"If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to be successful at this club, he not only needs to finish second in the Premier League, but he has to win a trophy. That would be seen as real progress. Then you're attracting players next season to try and catch Manchester City.

"I think it's a brilliant week. Beating Manchester City the way they did, and winning on Sunday. If you'd have said to Solskjaer at the start of the week you'll beat Manchester City, beat West Ham and draw 1-1 with AC Milan, he'd have snapped your hand off. Because going into that Manchester derby, they were under real pressure.

"If they'd lost to City, there's a real pressure building on this West Ham game. I think they are now a lot more comfortable going into the final weeks. This was a big, big week."

Neville also believes the battle for a top four finish in the Premier League is all-but over, as he believes Liverpool will miss out in final analysis.

"Leicester are the one team you'd be most nervous about, because they did blow up last season. But I think there's just enough this year," he added.

"I don't see West Ham catching Leicester, and the teams below them are so inconsistent and seem to be all over the place. I'm not sure which one of them is going to put a run together.

"They're capable of it, some of them, but I would think this Leicester team would hang on, and would cement the fact Brendan Rodgers has done a brilliant job two years on the bounce.

"Last year, they were so unlucky to miss out on the last day to Manchester United, whereas this year I think they'll make top four, with Chelsea third and Leicester fourth."

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