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Neville claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer victim of witch hunt to cost him Man Utd job

Manchester United failed in a late comeback against RB Leipzig on Tuesday night as they were dumped out of the Champions League.

The Red Devils went into the game in Germany knowing a draw or a win would likely be enough to take them through to the knockout stages.

But a poor start saw them 2-0 down at half-time before letting in another to make it 3-0 with 30 minutes to play.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rang in the changes at the interval and brought on Donny van de Beek, before putting Paul Pogba on later in the game.

But despite two second-half goals from Bruno Fernandes and Pogba, they were unable to get the point which would have sent them through to the knockout stages.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – DECEMBER 08: Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United watches from the touchline during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between RB Leipzig and Manchester United at Red Bull Arena on December 08, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

The defeat will do little to ease the pressure on Solskjaer’s shoulders at the moment, with United also struggling to keep up in the Premier League.

But Phil Neville believes the Norwegian manager receives too much stick for the job he’s done since taking over from Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Speaking to Radio 5 Live after the Red Devils were dumped out of the Champions League, he said: “There’s an awful narrative where the minute United lose a game it seems like a disaster.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – DECEMBER 08: Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United looks dejected as RB Leipzig celebrate during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between RB Leipzig and Manchester United at Red Bull Arena on December 8, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany. Sporting stadiums around Germany remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

“It’s not a disaster tonight, but it’s disappointing. United wanted to be in the last 16.

“There are Manchester United teams in the past with better managers than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – like Sir Alex Ferguson – which have gone out at this stage. It does happen, it has happened.

“It’s quite a freakish time at the moment. There are managers in the Premier League who are below United in the league but have great reputations and don’t get the stick Solskjaer gets.

“If United win on Saturday – and Ole’s teams tend to do well in big moments, I think Saturday is a big moment for the manager and for the players.

“They played poorly in the first 30 minutes, they got punished in a group which was really really difficult and they’re out of the competition. They’re now in the Europa League, they’ve got to go out and win that.

“The narrative from inside the club is far, far different to that outside the club, where it seems there’s a total witch-hunt to get this boy out of the job.”




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