NEED FOR SILVER

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER will only be deemed a Manchester United success this season if they finish second AND win a trophy.

That is the verdict of the Red Devils manager’s former team-mate Gary Neville after he watched his old club beat West Ham on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a crunch week with Manchester United in the cups

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a crunch week with Manchester United in the cupsCredit: PA
Gary Neville says the boss needs to deliver a trophy as well as finish second in the league

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Gary Neville says the boss needs to deliver a trophy as well as finish second in the leagueCredit: Rex

An own goal from Craig Dawson sealed a 1-0 victory for United saw them climb back above Leicester into second.

They now face a crunch week away from the Premier League as they chase silverware on two fronts.

They travel to Italy, with the score tied at 1-1, to take on AC Milan in the Europa League to determine who advances to the last-eight.

They then face Leicester on Sunday in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

United have tasted defeat in four semi-finals since Solskjaer took over and have not won a trophy since 2017 when Jose Mourinho was boss.

Now Neville told the Sky Sports podcast that the Norwegian needs an accolade on his CV this term to prove the club are advancing.

He said: “The FA Cup has become critical to this football club this season.

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

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Neville added: “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.”

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