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Soccer Football -  FA Cup Quarter Final - Leicester City v Manchester United - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - March 21, 2021 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer REUTERS/Oli Scarff

Soccer Football - FA Cup Quarter Final - Leicester City v Manchester United - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - March 21, 2021 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer REUTERS/Oli Scarff

Soccer Football - FA Cup Quarter Final - Leicester City v Manchester United - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - March 21, 2021 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer REUTERS/Oli Scarff

Gary Neville has been one of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's most vocal supporters during his reign as the club's manager, but he has questioned his decision making after Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Leicester.

Neville stated last month that he believes Solskjaer needs to win a trophy this season to confirm he is making progress at Old Trafford, with the Europa League now their only route to silverware after the 3-1 defeat against the Foxes on Sunday.

Solskjaer made a host of changes to his team for the game at Leicester and suggested after the game that fatigue was only to be expected among his players after a tough run of matches.

Yet those comments have raised fresh doubts over whether he is the manager who will push United towards trophies, with Neville suggesting on his Sky Sports podcast that the FA Cup exit was a hammer blow for Solskjaer.

"I am demoralised a little bit as a Manchester United fan as I thought that was a really good one to go for this season," he stated on his Sky Sports podcast. "Also, there comes a point when if you are going to catch Manchester City, you have to beat them in a big game in a big competition.

"Spurs have got that opportunity in a few weeks in a (Carabao Cup) final and if Man City are to get to another final - they obviously still have to beat Chelsea - then Manchester United have to be there to stop them.

"You cannot rely on other teams to stop them and if you are the second-best team in the country, you have a half-decent record against City, which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does, then you have to be there and be the ones to stop them.

"If you think about 1999, when Arsenal had won the Double the year before, we were the only side who could stop them in the semi-final at Villa Park and we did stop them, it was hard work, but we stopped them.

"The same in the league, you can't rely on other teams to stop them for you, if you want to catch teams, you have to leave one on them, and I was disappointed with that against Leicester, I know Man Utd fans are, I've seen the reaction on social media.

"Yes, of course finishing second would be the priority at the start of the season, but winning a trophy with that would be a real priority and now they only have the Europa League left.

"Leicester have a decent record, but I was in the car listening to it on the radio and they go behind and you think 'here we go' and you are not surprised with United, but they got back in the game and then you see the second and third ones and you think that could be a massive missed opportunity."

United are favourites to win the Europa League, but Neville believes they now need to finish the season on a real high to quell the mood of disappointment among United fans.

"To finish below second would be a real disappointment, but the position they are in now is to finish as close to Manchester City as possible," he added.

"It does matter how close you finish to them because it is played back at the end of the season - "oh you finished 16 points off them, 26 points off them..." You have to try and get to within single figures so that you then think, "where could we make up those four points, those eight points?"

"And you can see that, you can visualise it. When we used to lose leagues, we thought, "OK, so where could we put this right? Was it our away form? Did we get two or three players sent off in certain games and drop points?"

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