Gary Neville and Roy Keane both believe it is crucial that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wins a trophy for Manchester United this season.
The Red Devils have the opportunity to reach a first final under the Norwegian when they take on rivals Manchester City in a Carabao Cup semi on Wednesday.
And United are also still in the Europa League, kick off their FA Cup campaign on Saturday and have the chance to go top of the Premier League next week.
Things certainly look bright at the moment – but speaking on Sky Sports both Neville and Keane agreed it would all prove to be worthless unless they win silverware this season.
“Where they are in the league at the moment makes me smirk a little bit, I have to say,” Neville said.
“I never expected it. I don’t think any United fan expected it but I think Ole at the end of this season will have been in the job for two-and-a-half seasons and he has to give a return on trophies.
“I think that everybody at the start of the season thought the league was well beyond them but they had to get close to City and Liverpool. At the moment that’s happening.
“But I think they have to win a trophy to go with that and go a step further than they did last season.”
Keane concurred with his former teammate, and believes the Carabao Cup offers a huge opportunity for Solskjaer and his side to taste that winning feeling for the first time.
He added: “I think this is the trophy that they realistically have their best chance of this season.
“A one-off semi-final against your local rivals at home, if they can get a win, continue their decent home form which was really poor at the start of the season – I think it will be massive. It’s really important game for Man United tonight.
“And for Ole, I know he’s mentioned before about getting to semi-finals. Getting to semi-finals isn’t good enough for Manchester United.
“They have to get over the line. Tottenham are waiting, with Jose Mourinho. It has a nice ring to it. Fingers crossed they can do it.”