Gary Neville: Manchester United have to finish the cup, wait to take the pressure off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer | football news
Manchester United should start turning the advance into tangible success to relieve pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he failed to win the Carabao Cup at the hands of his closest rivals Manchester City, according to Gary Neville.
United suffered their fourth consecutive semi-final defeat in 12 months, but Solshire refused to believe their players had a psychological problem when it came to overcoming the penultimate hurdle.
Neville admitted that over the course of 90 minutes, City had deservedly reached the League Cup Final for the fourth time in a row while sending an ominous message to rivals in the Premier League.
But the Sky Sports The expert says Solskjaer should end the club’s trophy wait at the earliest opportunity, with the European League being successful in 2017 the last time United lifted the trophy.
Neville said Sky SportsI said before tonight that I felt there were more expectations in this game for me as a Manchester United fan than a week ago against Liverpool at Anfield. Nobody expected this season to compete for the League title, but I think there was a feeling: winning By title.
“ Oli, at the end of this season, there will be two and a half years, and if it goes two-and-a-half years without a cup, he will start making a stress, because he helps you on your way.
“Jürgen Klopp needed a cup and finally got the Champions League. Pep Guardiola won the League Cup, Jose Mourinho in various clubs won the League Cup just to go forward. He needed something and they were very close to the final with this match and in good shape.”
“It’s a problem. I’m not going to say, I sat here as a Manchester United fan, it causes me a big problem and that is that in whatever shape or form I look forward to a manager’s job at any time, but it will put pressure on the goal line because if they go to Anfield and lose, people will say “Half-empty cup” again and can turn around that way.
“ The reason Ole will not be satisfied with his laurels is because when you are in a problematic job, I ran into him four, five, or six weeks ago when there were people wondering if he would reach the end of the season, when it got good, as it happened in The last two days when they lead the league and they have a game now deferred to Liverpool, and they are in the semi-finals, people think everything is great, you will not drift in the other direction either. “
Neville: Time for Manchester United to pull back
United remain in a strong position, level on points with Liverpool and with a game in hand in the Premier League.
Solshire is expected to make sweeping changes when visiting Watford in the FA Cup this weekend. United have advanced from 33 of their last 35 third-round matches, while the Hornets have lost their last nine away matches at Old Trafford.
The trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley next Tuesday means United can arrive at Anfield on January 17 at the top of the Premier League to face the champions, live. Sky Sports.
“It is time for Man United to back off,” Neville said. “Don’t be too hard on themselves because I think they played against a brilliant team.
“City showed up again. Ole had hoped it was a Sunday one time, it wasn’t. They were at it again. He will know how good the City team is.”
“I don’t think he’s going to be very yielding to that, he’s going to be very disappointed, he’s going to want to take that extra step, but I didn’t think Man United played badly. I thought they belonged to the game.”
“And it would have gone the other way; Anthony Martial is in the back post, Harry Maguire with the head, little bits of luck go one way or the other. Robin Dias saves a couple who may not have been turned away – Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s header to Fernandinho that ends In the net.
“It’s just a detail that defines the matches and the details went the way of Man City. You can’t argue with that because of the way they played.
“I’m sure Solskjaer is looking at this match and I think it is not a final stop in any way or shape. It will be a big disappointment, but he will want a quick recovery: the FA Cup, Burnley, Anfield. We want big performances in the next two weeks.”
Pogba: We must use the loss as a motive
Paul Pogba says frustration with the small details costing United in the fourth consecutive semi-final round should inspire Solskjaer’s side for further improvements.
Pogba stressed the need to focus on the little things if they are to succeed, as the FA Cup and European League are still open to United as well as the first Premier League title since 2013.
Pogba said, “Of course (it is disappointing) because he is not the first as well against City at home,” after he also withdrew from the competition against Pep Guardiola’s men last season.
“We are disappointed with the result, obviously, of the set-goal two goals. And after learning that it can go both ways. We lost today and not the first goal, as I said.
“It’s so upsetting to lose because there is always a glass behind all of this and we have to do better. We have to do better for sure.”
In response to a question about whether there is one piece missing after losing four consecutive matches in the semi-finals, Pogba said: “Exactly and these details. Details make the difference all the time and when the big matches like this, the details, the fixed balls and we lost in this.”
“We have to learn. We have to learn because it is not the first time. We have to learn. We have to overcome this as well. Then there are big matches coming up, so after tonight we come back again.”
Listen to Gary Neville on Gary Neville Podcast For further analysis of Man City’s Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United – and what the result means for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team.